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Dear Readers,

Following over a month of being offline, 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

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 went down.



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 By Rick Dennis
Information derived from The New York Times and Valuets Journal
Nov. 5, 2018

Quietly secluded in the Russian interior, amid Russia’s wilderness fabric is a seldom heard of but emerging new industry modeled after the United States economy and the cowboy way of life. That new industry is the Russian beef industry.

Russian Company Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks

The firm Miratorg is building an American-style beef steak industry from scratch. To make it work, it has to import everything from the cows, to the feed — right down to importing American cowboys. And now we have a story from Russia of a massive effort to import something that’s very, very American. Russia has lots of open land, which is good for grazing cattle, but steak remains something of a foreign idea. So one company is trying to single-handedly build a steak industry from scratch in Russia – importing American cows, importing American grass, saddles, horses, and even importing American cowboys.


Russians Learn the Ways of the Cowboy From American Ranch Hands

 VALUETS, Russia — A visibly tiring but stubborn Aberdeen Angus cow sank all of her four feet in the rich black mud of central Russia, refusing to budge. Try as they might, the two Russians yanking on the rope lassoed around her wide, wet neck could not pull that massive body out of the icy December slush.


The cowboys on this new Russian ranch here still have a few things to learn. And unlearn. In a throwback to the old Soviet way of doing things, while the two were trying to move the recalcitrant cow, four others were standing idly by shouting advice.


Watching the greenhorns from afar was Ashley Chester Corlett, one of 10 American trainers brought in by the ranch’s owner, the Miratorg company. It chose them over Brazilians and Australians in large part because of the similarity between the climate in Wyoming and central Russia, where temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius).

“At first people always want to use pressure to handle the cattle and don’t realize how much like a predator they seem to the cow,” said Mr. Corlett, a thickset fourth-generation cowboy from Riverton, Wyo. “If you want to get the best out of that cow, you have to understand how it thinks. It opens so much understanding.”The aspiring cowboys also have to get used to working long days in harsh conditions, a concept that often seems novel to many of them.


“Working here is hard. Many people cannot stand it, especially the need to stay sober,” said Viktor P. Buivolov, who installed elevators in Moscow before becoming the manager of the ranch. “We even have a Breathalyzer here,” he said, navigating a Russian UAZ Patriot sport utility vehicle through a herd of cattle.


Agriculture all but disappeared from this and many other parts of Russia years ago, after the final screw was turned into scrap metal at the last surviving Soviet collective farms. But as oil prices have collapsed and Russia has imposed retaliatory sanctions against Western food products, reviving the economy with import substitution has become a priority for the Kremlin. President Vladimir V. Putin has said Russia has the potential to become a world leader in food production, and has set a goal of self-sufficiency by 2020.


Russian Cowboys Learn To Wrangle A Brand New Beef Industry

 As far as rodeos go, everything resembles an American rodeo, but the proceedings were just a little different. No swords here, but plenty of horses. And tons of people who came to watch. They brought signs and applauded their teams as they struggled to rope steers in the arena.


The Russian Rodeo embodied more than entertainment. It was a cacophonous celebration of a fledgling beef industry clawing its way into the Russian countryside. It was also part of a larger national goal to gain self-sufficiency with food production.


By copying the structure of Western beef operations, Miratorg skipped more steps. Miratorg is single-handedly trying to create an American-style beef industry, but in a very condensed time period. It now has about 400,000 cows, the largest herd in the world. The company has had to build fences in a country without any, to train veterinarians, and to also import everything from horses and grass seed to tractors. But the hardest part of managing this immense operation is not the science or the planning.


It’s finding workers. Cowboys. So the company imported some of them, too. One of them, Shawn Weekes, has been in Russia for two years. He’s a fourth-generation, Montana-born cowboy with a great, big mustache, Western boots, a hat, and a tucked in button up shirt. “I grew up doing this,” he said. “A rope was actually my first toy.


“He’s worked on ranches all over the U.S. but the growth of Miratorg, from zero to the largest herd in the world, stood apart. “I’ve never seen anything grow this fast. Ever. And sometimes it kind of set me back a little bit, like, whoa, let’s slow this train down a little bit. But this is their program and this is what they want, so I just try to help them,” Weekes said.


His job is teaching locals to cowboy. The new hires, mostly young men from nearby villages, have no experience. Most of them have only seen cowboys in black and white movies. Miratorg now employs 1,000 Russian cowboys, though they call them ‘operators. “The difference is they’re starting out from scratch, there’s only a handful of us here to teach all these people how to do this,” he said.


Which ever way the Russian beef industry turns out, I’m sure the American beef industry and entrepreneurs supporting this industry will have a boost in their sales economy.



Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500

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☛ Cloning and genetic engineering – 1-24-18

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHAT | 0 comments




From the Editor
Jan. 24, 2018

Following is a link to an article I received that I thought was very interesting and thought provoking. It was written for readers who are interested in horses competing in the Olympics, but it is also a general article on cloning and genetic engineering of horses that I feel you may be interested in reading.

There is  a lot of agreement regarding this among horse lovers, as well as opposition, to cloning and genetic engineering. However, this article is an in-depth article regarding horses going to the Olympics in jumping and other events.

Cloning and Genetic Engineering: Will It Affect Future Olympic Teams?


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☛ Comparing cell phone plans 8-30-17






By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Aug. 30, 2017

 Traversing the maze of cell phones and plans seeking the best deal can become an arduous affair, especially when a litany of cell phones and cell phone plans occupy the open market. Every major cell phone carrier, including Verizon, ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile, offer an array of plans with each plan strategically designed to lure shoppers in and make them spend their money. Smaller or sub-companies such as Boost Mobile, US Cellular, Walmart Straight Talk, Virgin Wireless also offer their own cell plans with the same philosophy in mind: making money. Cell phone plans are basically of two variety types: prepaid and postpaid.


Prepaid cell phone plans are paid in advance with the consumer picking the types of services he or she is willing to pay for.


Postpaid plans are paid after the service is provided. Each plan type offers a myriad of services to the consumer and the pricing structure is made in advance of the purchase. There are services that include talk only, talk and text, up to the more advances services that include talk, text and data. Further, there are national plans and international plans. Each service provider or (cell phone carrier) advertises a myriad of plans and are generally in line with the number of gigabytes (GB) of data you require. Data plans generally start with one (GB) of data and top out with the unlimited GB variety. However, there are some differences between prepaid and postpaid plans so thoroughly research each plan carefully.



Lately the cell phone market has been inundated with enough cell-phone plans to make your head swim. However, the major differences among cell phone plans are the plans offered by the major carrier versus the smaller carriers. Generally speaking, the smaller carriers purchase data time from the major carriers at wholesale pricing, allowing the smaller carrier to sell cell phone plans at a reduced rate.


In theory, the only differences between major versus minor cell phone carriers are the types of phones sold and the abilities of these lower-end market phones to reliably pick up signals provided by each one’s cell-phone towers, enabling the phones to function smoothly.


However, while researching the Internet, I did determine there were a lot of complaints from customers about reception with the lower-end priced phones. Today, the smaller cell-phone carriers generally dealing in lower-end priced phones are providing their customers with a combination of low-end priced phones as well as the higher or state-of-the-art phones such as the Apple iPhones. These are the same type of cell phones provided by the major carriers. Theoretically, this should offer the small cell-phone carrier customers with the ability to have the same reception as the major carriers. Time will tell.



My research was conclusive in one specific category and that is customer service complaints. The customer-service ratings of the major carriers, as well as smaller carriers, are very poor. In an article by Consumer Reports entitled, “Best Cell-Phone Companies: Is a Big Carrier or a Small Provider Right for You?” by Mike Gikas, the author offers a comparison of providers: Find out how Consumer Cellular, Ting, and other smaller companies compare with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in Consumer Reports’ exclusive new survey. In the article, Mr. Gikas offers a compelling analogy of all carriers.
Click for carrier article>>

 In still another article entitled, “Five Reasons you may want to consider prepaid mobile,” written by Nate Swanner, he offers his own analogy of the pros and cons of prepaid versus postpaid wireless service. In his report, Mr. Swanner states, “As new prepaid plans become more and more ambitious, customers are starting to wonder if they should think about what life might be like on the other side of a contract. Prepaid has a hollow ring for many, as readers tend to see it as a second-rung alternative to a ‘proper’ plan and service. If that’s your thinking, we’ve got a few reasons why you should reconsider prepaid for your next smart phone. You never know, reading this article might actually save you some money!



Some customers tend to think that they’ll get worse service with a prepaid plan. That’s a fair assumption, but not always correct.


If you were to go through a carrier that doesn’t have its own network (they are referred to as an MVNO), you would technically be piggybacking onto a network. Boost, for instance, works on the Sprint network. They don’t have their own towers. Spectrum “rents” space from Sprint.


That doesn’t make them any less a carrier, but it’s something to consider. If you were to go prepaid from a carrier like T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon, you’d get the same service and coverage as you would from a subsidized plan. Although it’s not fair to consider an MVNO “lesser-than,” it’s a consideration to make.



Prepaid plans can bring some freedoms you might not utilize at every turn but they’re nice to have. For instance, you can switch plans any time you like. If you find a different plan that works better for you, just switch! There’s no fuss. You can just choose a different plan, even with a different carrier!


This is especially handy when traveling. If you’re going away for a period of time and you find coverage in the area you’re going to isn’t what you want with the carrier you have (we suggest “Open Signal” for this), just get a new SIM card from a carrier that might work better. For a few days or weeks, you use that SIM card, and life goes on relatively uninterrupted.


You might have a new phone number with the new SIM card, but that’s a small price to pay for reliable coverage when you need it. It won’t work across the board, as Verizon and Sprint use different technology than T-Mobile and AT&T do, but it’s definitely a nice option. The complete article by Mr. Swanner follows:

Click for Swanner’s article>>



More specifically, previous cell-phone plans with all major carriers required a contract for a specific amount of time. Today, they’d like you to think there are no contracts but that’s not exactly true. Essentially, each major carrier operates on a specific band referred to as (CDMA) and (GSM). Each carrier orders phones from cell phone manufacturers to their specification and locked to a specific carrier’s band, which essentially are in a locked position, thus restricting it to that band. Verizon phones and Sprint phones work off of the (CDMA). ATT and T-Mobile work off of the (GSM) band.


Each band was explained in a previous article. Also, the smaller carriers who purchase services from the major carriers and in-turn sell it to their consumers, also carry the specific cell-phone types that work on their band. Further, each major carrier offers a deal for buying their phones, such as the ATT’s Next Plan, which offers pricing for the phone for an extended period of time – or in this case three years. Also, it’s a little known fact that these cell phones are being sold at the manufacturer’s full retail price.


Therefore, by the time you pay off your phone, it’s virtually worthless considering the rapid depreciation of the cell phone in today’s market. Thus the major carrier financing the cell phone is in the virtual moneymaking market with each new sale. Further, cell-phone manufacturers are consistently redesigning cell phones with new characteristics and updated advances in updated models, specifically designed to attract new purchasers with each annual product release.


The irony of advertisement stipulating service without contract is essentially a half-hearted truth, simply because cheaper financing sounds good but your locked into the carrier for the specific time of the pricing/payment agreement, essentially placing you on contract. Sure you can pay your phone off if you want to but you’re only able to move to a carrier that your phone is adaptable to. The unlocked cell phone is more appealing at this point but requires paying full price for the phone up front at purchase. Before purchasing an unlocked phone make sure the unlocked version of your favorite phone will work on all carrier systems after purchase.



A little research will provide you with all of the comparative studies on the market today as well as the pricing advantage or disadvantage of each before you sign up. In order to help you along, I’ve provided one in this article. Just click on the following links and they will provide the reader with an assortment of answers, including which carrier has the best or worst coverage or customer service. One thing I learned from this research is that Walmart’s Straight Talk advertises “working on all major carrier bands” and is the only one with such specifications.

Click for Who Has The Best Coverage>> 

Click for Verizon versus ATT>>


“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!”



Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

Managing Member

Office.Mobile: (985) 630-3500


Web Site:


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☛ So You Want To Be A Horse Trainer 3-11-15







By Rick Dennis
March 11, 2015
Many an aspiring horse enthusiast has looked to the professional horse-training occupation as a lifelong career in the equestrian world. I receive a lot of inquiries pertaining to the business matrixes involved in becoming a self-employed horse trainer.  Equally, the next phase of questioning involves outlining a business model or guide he or she may use to establish a private entrepreneurship in the equine industry.  My answers are generally always the same: “Becoming a self-employed horse trainer as a general occupation requires a lot more knowledge and involvement than just training horses.”

For example:


Chelsi Guillory, a student of Rick Dennis, Gonzales, La., rode Some Hot Chic (Cali), to the Louisiana Stock Horse Association Triple Crown Championship and are money earners in reining, cutting and cow horse competition.

Even though becoming a successful and talented horse trainer and/or an instructor able to teach students how to win in the arena, may be someone’s ultimate goal, it’s equally important for the entrepreneur to understand and apply basic business principles from the onset of his or her entrepreneurship to avoid certain pitfalls associated with marketing, taxes, IRS 1099 issuance, insurance, banking, bookkeeping, accounting, operating costs, cash flow, equipment costs or determining if you, or those who may work for you, are employees or contract labor.


To the aspiring horse trainer and/or instructor, my first recommendation is to locate a higher educational training facility specializing in business courses or locate a business tutor from an individual just graduating from college with a business degree. From this interaction the aspiring horse trainer will receive an invaluable wealth of knowledge in understanding basic business principles, which are conducive to starting and operating a successful privately owned business. The business world is filled with pitfalls the young trainer should be aware of prior to engaging in self-employment and the only avoidance available is education through a business curriculum, private tutorship or on-the-job training.


Many a private-sector business has failed due to the latter, simply because the first-time entrepreneur doesn’t understand the basic principles of business, is not properly prepared to balance income and expenses, doesn’t allocate money to pay required business taxes plus penalties (where applicable), and at the end of the year finds his or herself in a deep hole from which there is no recovery. In order to run a successful business, the manager must be a master in time management, use common sense, and do the right thing.  During the day, the manager of a privately owned business wears many hats to ensure every phase of the business is properly addressed in order to stay in operation and ensure profitability.


Each new business should start with a well-thought-out and written business plan. The business plan should outline not only the goals of the entrepreneur but the necessary steps to achieve success. A business plan should be assembled in a realistic and common-sense manner that transforms the business over time, with expansion or reduction being adjusted to available cash on hand and not speculation. As the old adage goes, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!”


The plan should also include adding adjunct enterprises to your horse-training business as multiple sources of revenue generation (i.e.) student training, horse breeding, horse selling, horse boarding, etc. Generally speaking, the best plan is one that incorporates many sources of income instead of relying on just one type. This ensures a steady cash flow when other sources of business income are experiencing a decline in revenue.



Charles Richardson, Jr., a top student trained by Rick Dennis, won five World Championships and one Reserve World Championship. He has won AQHA.LQHA State Championships and money earnings of over $417,000 in team penning, team sorting, reining, cow horse and NCHA.

The next step is to decide how you are going to receive the necessary training to enable you to open, operate and maintain a successful, privately owned horse-training facility. Generally there are two ways of going about receiving the proper training:  either you work for a trainer as a “contract laborer” or an “employee.”


The difference between the two is a “contract laborer” is responsible for paying his or her self-employment taxes to include individual state and federal income taxes, federal Medicare and social security taxes, which includes the initial self-employment taxes as well as the employer match. At the end of the year, you’ll receive an IRS 1099 from the trainer you are working for, stating the exact amount of gross money you were paid ($600) and over) for which you will be responsible for paying your share of taxes to the taxing agencies. The combination of Medicare and social security taxes alone computes to 15.3 percent of your net profit.


On the other hand, if you have “employee” status, these taxes are automatically deducted from your payroll check and the matching amount is paid for by your employer. At the end of the year, you will receive a W-2 from your employer. It will state the exact amount of money you were paid along with the total itemized deductions. You will then file the IRS W-2 form with your annual federal and state tax filings.


The IRS has common-law rules to determine whether or not your relationship with a trainer falls in the employee or independent contractor category. In an abundance of caution, it’s advisable for the entrepreneur to seek counsel with a tax attorney or a certified public accountant to determine which category your relationship status falls into.  Preplanning on your part may save you a lot of grief when it comes to tax filing time.  For example, you could think you’re an “employee” and at the end of the year you receive an IRS 1099 advising you that you’ve been working as a self-employed individual (contract laborer) and you haven’t set aside the proper IRS or state withholding taxes during the year. This means that at the end of the year you may owe a significant amount of taxes for your failure to set aside the proper amount of withholding money.


Also, once you feel you have learned enough to become a trainer on your own and hire help, the above information is very important to help you run your own training business.

To protect his or her assets, the entrepreneur should be well educated in business insurance requirements. It’s advisable to sit down with an insurance agent specializing in the business needs of the horse industry to insure that you, as a professional trainer, are well protected in the event of litigation, accidents, injury or environmental disasters. If your horse-training facility is located on your personal property, a qualified insurance agent can steer you in the right direction concerning required insurance applications.


The next addressed item in your written business plan is to decide what type of legal business entity you should use to best address your needs as well as protecting your assets in the event of litigation. The common names for a legal business entity depends on your needs and are often referred to as: a Corporation (S & C), Limited Liability Company, Sole-Owned Proprietorship, Partnership, etc.  A visit with a business attorney should answer which category is best for you.



Danetta Comeaux shown with WR Masters Lady and Dual Peps Taffy. Trained by Rick Dennis, she and her horses won AQHA/LQHA State Championships and were World Qualifiers in reining and working cow horse. They were also reined cow horse champions and money earners.

The most advantageous way of marketing your newly formed business is by winning in the show arena in performance horse competition. Once you have established yourself as a winner, your client growth is due in part to word of mouth. A good website is another way of marketing your training facility and yourself. There are a lot of good, do-it-yourself websites out there in the industry to help you out. Still another way is to attend marketing seminars to educate yourself in the most advantageous means of marketing your training facility.


The first premise of business is to understand the banking world. Balancing a checkbook not only ensures that you have a daily working knowledge of the amount of cash on hand in your bank account but it also protects you from an overdrawn bank account. Another important aspect of banking is maintaining a great credit rating. A good credit rating is a vital necessity to the privately owned business owner to ensure credit card issuance, loan availability or a line of credit to run your business while you are waiting for accounts receivable to come in.


Another important aspect of running a successful business is to have accurate bookkeeping records. This is the part of your business that sends out invoices for services rendered or out-of-pocket reimbursable expenditures, accurately records accounts receivables, accounts for cash receipts or money spent, and overall balances the books for accurate tax filings. A good bookkeeping system can be set up and maintained by you or your wife, or you can hire an outside person or agent to perform this job. Either way, an accurate set of accounting records is the heart and soul of a properly run business.


Over all, I’ve been in business since 1984. Unlike most professional trainers, where horse training is their principle line of employment, my professional horse-training facility was added as an adjunct business to an already existing business as another source of revenue. This concept has afforded me the opportunity of enjoying my passion of training and showing reined cow horses, while at the same time providing my business with a cash infusion from another revenue source. The advantage of having a professional horse-training facility as an adjunct business, instead of a principle business, is that while my horse business may decline from time to time, my other sources of revenue ensures my business remains in operation and financially balanced.


So in the end, if your desire is to become a professional horse trainer, an education in basic business principles is a prerequisite to operating a successful horse-training facility, along with feeding horses, mucking stalls when the help doesn’t show up, exercising and training horses, learning to take care of a sick or injured horse, hauling up and down the road to show client horses as well as learning to win in the performance arena.


“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridles!”

© copyright 2015, all rights reserved.

Wind River Company LLC
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500
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☛ Neidhart Cutting Horses’ innovative breeding program 3-11-15

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments





By Glory Ann Kurtz
March 11, 2015


Jeff and Griselda Neidhart with Zara and Alan, two of their four children.
Photo by Kurtz

Look out cutters – there’s a new kid in town.


Jeff Neidhart, who lives in Farmington, N.M., is a highly successful individual in several diversified fields. They include practicing oncology and hermatology at his clinic in Farmington, New Mexico, being a sixth-degree black belt in Ji Do Dwan Tae Kwon Do, as well as the founder and master instructor at his own non profit Traditional Tae Kwon Do Institute. He also owns the first commercial Pinon Pine Nut Farm in the United States, with over 5,000 pinon trees and also founded the Farmington Botanic Gardens that connect the River Beach Foundation River Walk to the city of Farmington Park and Recreation lands.


The Neidhart Cutting Horses temporary sign at their new facility in Weatherford, Texas.
Photo by Kurtz

However, today, even though he is a physician, he has contracted the cutting disease and as a result owns some of the best broodmares in the industry that are being bred to the industry’s top stallions. He also has moved to the second state of this disease: renaming his cutting horse program “Neidhart Cutting Horses” and building a horse facility outside of Weatherford that is an innovative state-of-the art and jaw-dropping sight.


In the beginning …
Jeff’s father, Jim, and his brother David, grew up in Newton Falls, Ohio. Their farm was full of walnut trees and he and his brother farmed, rode horses, fished and hunted game birds on the family farm. David was an orthopedic surgeon and started a practice in Mankato, Minn. Jim and Jeff are both hermatologist/oncologists, with his father committing his professional career toward academic cancer patient care and research; first at The Ohio State University then MD Anderson/Comprehensive Center, followed by the University of New Mexico.


“I used to ride every weekend 20 years ago,” said Jeff. “Later, my father wanted top horses and got into reining but it just didn’t work and he got out.”


In 2002, Jeff’s father recruited him to help continue his patient care and research at the San Juan Oncology Associates PC in Farmington. Jeff followed much the same path as his father with medical training in internal medicine and hermatology/oncology at the University of New Mexico, Ohio State University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.


While he was attending the University of New Mexico, Jeff started looking at horses and was impressed with Peppy San Badger. He started researching pedigrees and bought a Paint mare. His father even drove to Texas to breed their horses to Gay Bar Olena, a Paint stallion owned by Floyd and Mary Ann Moore of the 6J Paint Horses in Huntsville, Texas. His pedigree was regal, being sired by Doc O’Lena out of Delta, a Paint mare that was an NCHA Open Super Stakes finalist, a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame and the producer of earners of over $320,000. The ranch’s program was founded on great Quarter Horses, including Doc O’Lena, Peppy San Badger and their offspring.


Jeff and his wife Griselda, who is from the Dominican Republic and holds a medical degree in the specialty of Family Practice and Nutrition and is also a professional photographer, are the parents of four children: Haley, Madison, Zara and Alan. When the Neidharts are not working or enjoying cutting horses, you will find them admiring art or collecting antiques. Both are avid skiers and spend as much time as possible skiing and hiking the mountains of Colorado.


With the seed of cutting horses and their genetics planted in Jeff’s mind, he began his journey into the cutting horse business in 2011 with a few nice horses and soon became infatuated with cutting horses, their intelligence, beauty, physical ability and, most of all, their genetics.


Royal Blue Boon

In 2012, the couple expanded Neidhart’s dream by purchasing their foundation broodmare band from Elaine Hall, who owned NCHA Futurity Champion and leading sire Peptoboonsmal (Peppy San Badger x Royal Blue Boon) and his famous dam, Royal Blue Boon (Boon Bar x Royal Tincie x Royal King x King).


“I spoke with Elaine Hall and decided I really liked Patches Of Blue (Smart Little Lena x Royal Blue Boon) and her pedigree that goes back to the legendary Smart Little Lena and Royal King on the bottom. She said she would think about it and she wanted me to think about it and to call her later. She told me that I didn’t want that mare because she was old (born in 1994) and had Cushings disease. But I really liked the pedigree of that mare so Elaine put together a package deal for me where I could get My Sweet Sheree (a 1996 gray mare by Freckles Playboy x Docalady by Doc Bar), along with Patches of Blue and some others.”


Two of Jeff’s other purchases were a yearling mare named Bet This Girls A Cat (High Brow Cat x Bet Yer Boons x Peptoboonsmal) and the yearling mare One Catty Cupid (One Time Pepto x ARC Catty Dual), an NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Champion and Augusta 4-year-old Futurity Open Reserve Champion that had been trained by Phil Rapp. Catty Cupid was sold in 2013 and Bet This Girls A Cat in 2014.


Even though he had never ridden a cutting horse, he became enamored with their pedigrees. (Since then Jeff has been to two of Phil Rapp’s cutting clinics and is planning on returning this June).


A scientific look at breeding cutting horses:

“I studied how people were breeding and realized that studying breeding and breeding crosses was serious business,” said Jeff, who by his own admission is “a scientist,” studying the Rasmussen Factor, Hybrid Vigor, Nicks, Genotypes, Phenotypes in horses.


Two foals on the Neidhart Cutting Horse ranch from an ad advertising “Our Foundation is built on Legendary Bloodlines.

The Rasmussen Factor (RF) is a term used, mostly in Thoroughbred circles, to describe inbreeding to superior female families through different individuals. The inbreeding must occur through the sire and the dam (i.e. be on both sides of the pedigree) and the duplication of the inbred female must be within five generations. Thus, inbreeding to full or half siblings with four generations would qualify, while inbreeding to the same son, would not. As an example, the highly successful sire Hydrive Cat (High Brow Cat x Ruby Tuesday DNA x Peppy San Badger) bred to Sweet Lil ruby (High Brow CD x Playboys Ruby) is an example of the Rasmussen Factor, with a 3×2 RF to Playboys Ruby. Once In A Blu Boon is another example of the Rasmussen Factor.

Click for Rasmussen Factor information>>


Hybrid Vigor, heterosis or outbreed enhancement is the improved or increased function of any biological quality in a hybrid offspring. An offspring exhibits heterosis if its traits are enhanced as a result of mixing the genetic contributions of its parents.

Click for information on Hybrid Vigor>>


The genotype-phenotype distinction is drawn in genetics. Genotype is an organism’s full hereditary information. “Phenotype” is an organism’s actual observed properties, such as morphology, development of behavior. This distinction is fundamental in the study of inheritance of traits and their evolution.

Click for Genotype-phenotype distinction>>


Nicking is the theory of copying the mating of a successful horse to produce another successful horse. Nicking theorists believe there is a benefit to the crossing of certain horses or sire lines and successful crosses can be repeated.


Jeff has discovered the usefulness, through the advice of Shane Plummer, owner of SDP Buffalo Ranch, and extensively uses, an Internet program popular in the Thoroughbred industry but now including AQHA horses. It involves pedigrees, race records, mare produce records, sire progeny reports, nicking reports and much more for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.


A “foundation” breeding program built on “legendary” bloodlines:

When he purchased Bet Yer Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Bet Yer Blue Boons), she was staying in Canyon, Texas, with Gregg Veneklasen, one of the leading veterinarians in the reproduction and cloning fields. He and Gregg have become good friends. It was during this time when he was introduced to cloning.


Jeff uses cloning to bring some of the industry’s greatest horses into his breeding program, which Jeff does in a very scientific way. In fact, today, he owns five clones of some of the industry’s greatest broodmares.


Royal Blue Boon Two and Royal Blue Boon Too, two yearling clones of Royal Blue Boon

Pedigrees and his breeding program are on Jeff’s mind today, with genetics being at the top of his list. He returned to Elaine Hall’s ranch and purchased Royal Blue Boon Two, a clone of Royal Blue Boon, the No. 1 cutting producing mare of all time with offspring earning close to $2.5 million. Some of her outstanding offspring include Peptoboonsmal, one of today’s leading cutting horse sires; Red White and Boon, an NCHA World Champion and her leading money-earning offspring, as well as Autumn Boon, Mecom Blue, Bet Yer Blue Boons, Peek A Boon, Duals Blue Boon and Peppys From Heaven. He also bought the recipient mare carrying Royal Blue Boon Two’s first foal, a Dual Smart Rey bay named Boon Smart Rey.


He also purchased recipient mares carrying clones of Peppys From Heaven (Peppy San Badger x Royal Blue Boon), a full sister to Peptoboonsmal with lifetime earnings of approximately $170,000 and Docalady ( Doc Bar x Patches of Blue x Smart Little Lena). Those clones are weanlings.


With his new purchases of these recipient mares carrying top-bred clones, he would soon become the owner of some of the best-bred horses in the cutting horse industry. Even though they could not become AQHA registered at the time, this did not deter Neidhart. He was intent on raising some of the best-bred performance horses in the industry by combining the genetics of the greatest cutting horses of the past with those of the current generations.


A cutting horse operation in Weatherford:

Seeing the need to be in the mainstream of the industry, the Neidharts bought 160 acres on Ballard Road, outside of the industry’s cutting horse capitol -Weatherford, Texas, that had been neglected and overgrown for at least eight years.


Vern Martin, Neidhart’s foreman from Farmington, and his wife Charlie, moved to Texas to set up the new ranch that only had a couple of small houses with very few upgrades on it. However, due to Neidhart’s desire for the best-of-the-best, today the ranch has become a bustling construction site that, when finished, could be the state-of-the-art cutting horse facility within the entire cutting horse industry.


Neidhart’s 264 x 228 show barn complete with breeding facilities, place for breding stallions, small arena, walker, breaking pen and seating to show horses to prospective buyers.
Photo by Kurtz

With a passion for excellence, Neidhart is building that looks like a huge arena. However, it is a huge show barn, 264 feet x 228 feet, including complete breeding facilities and  a place for breeding stallions, a small arena, walker, breaking pen and even seating for showing horses to prospective buyers, along with several apartments ands other amenities. Close by is a separate and beautiful 250 feet x 150 feet indoor arena, along with a 40-stall foaling barn.


Neidhart had timed it right, as he was also lucky enough to hire Kathleen Braden as his Manager/Cutting Horses. Braden had run Don Horton’s Strawn Valley breeding and training facility until his highly successful 2012 dispersal sale. It was at that sale that Neidhart met Kathleen when he was the high buyer of the dispersal, paying $120,000 for a 2-year-old red roan colt, Smart N Metallic, sired by one of the industry’s hottest young stallions, Metallic Cat, out of The Smart Look, the No. 1 leading, living producer of NCHA money earners.


The purchase of the young stallion instantly catapulted Neidhart into the cutting horse show industry when he sent the 2-year-old to leading trainer Phil Rapp.


The broodmares:

Today, Braden takes care of some of the best-bred broodmares in the industry, several with babies at their side, all sired by the industry’s most popular stallions and grazing in a beautiful green pasture. Another pasture includes well-bred, beautiful yearlings and yet another that holds recipient mares. He has several 2-year-olds at leading trainers’ facilities, including Rapp and Beau Galyean.

A yearling filly by Peptoboonsmal out of Ruby Red Cat, an earner of $37,857, and a High Brow Cat daughter out of the great mare Playboys Ruby. (shown with carrier mare)

She also oversees the broodmares who are currently having babies, and include Patches Of Blue (Smart Little Lena x Royal Blue Boon), a full sister to Red White And Boon, cutting’s all-time leading money-earning horse with $922,063 in earnings. Her produce have earned $122,000 in NCHA and NRCHA; Bet Yer Boons (Peptoboonsmal x Bet Yer Blue Boons) “Bonnie” winning over $73,000 as a finalist in both the NCHA Futurity and Super Stakes and with offspring earning over $241,000; Ruby Red Cat (High Brow Cat x Playboys Ruby x Freckles Playboy) with aged-event earnings of $37,857,making finals 23 times, dam of five performers and offspring earning $74,281 to date. (Playboys Ruby is NCHA’s #2 all-time leading producer, whose foals have won $1.7 million) and My Sweet Sheree (Freckles Playboy x Docalady), a full sister to the great mare Some Kinda Playgirl, listed by Equi-Stat as a top broodmare with lifetime earnings of $600,129. Sheree’s offspring have earnings of $27,138.


The Neidhart’s latest acquisition is June Bug Dually (Dual Pep x Junes Little Money x Smart Little Lena) with lifetime earnings of $224,733, third in 2007 NCHA Open Futurity with a 222, and a 2008 NCHA Super Stakes and Breeders Invitational finalist; semifinalist in the NCHA Open Derby, trained by Paul Hansma. She was also the 2010 Waco Futurity/Classic Non-Pro Champion. Jeff is planning on breeding her to Boon A Little, 1999 blue roan son of Smart Little Lena out of Autumn Boon, owned by Jill Freeman’s Charlotte Farms.


“That cross will produce female family inbreeding (Rasmussen Factor) to Peppy Belle by the way of Mr San Peppy and Peppy San, and Teresa Tivio, by way of Doc’s Remedy and Boon Bar, five generations back,” says Neidhart, who has four breedings to the young stallion. “I think they will be amazing horses.”


He also purchased Boon Quixote, a 1997 daughter of Boon Bar out of Chicks Magic Quixote by Doc Quixote; ARC Special Lena, Jae Bars Miss Quixote, and Sweet Little Ruby, a 4-year old mare by High Brow CD out of Playboys Ruby by Freckles Playboys)


The sires:

The broodmares have several foals on the ground and are being rebred to some of the hottest sires in the industry, including: High Brow Cat, the all-time leading sire of cutting horses with offspring earning over $60,400,000; Peptoboonsmal, NCHA No. 4 leading sire and NRCHA #2, with offspring earning over $23.7 million; Dual Rey, with offspring winning close to $28 million; Metallic Cat, NCHA Futurity Champion, Horse of the Year Hall of Fame inductee and NCHA #7 with only two crops showing, siring earners of $1.6 million; Freckles Playboy, a deceased stallion with frozen semen that is still the NCHA #4 all-time leading sire with earners of $28.6 million and also a leading maternal grandsire of NCHA and NRCHA earners of $44 million; Smart Little Lena, also a deceased stallion with frozen semen that was the industry’s leading sire and maternal grandsire with offspring earning over $1.8 million and maternal grandbabies earning over $61.9 million; Smooth As A Cat, NCHA Horse of the Year, 2014 #5 leading sire with offspring earning $13.3 million; Dual Smart Rey, a 2014 top 15 leading sire, with offspring earning $1.8 million, that is out of The Smart Look, NCHA #3 all-time-leading producer; Cat Ichi, NCHA top 12 leading sire with offspring earning over $3.1 million and several others.


He is also breeding a lot to Dual Pep and plans to do the same with Freckles Playboy, using frozen semen.


The Neidhart 250 x 150 indoor arena where horses will soon be working.
Photo by Kurtz

This year he will also be breeding to One Time Pepto, NCHA Futurity Champion and in top 10 of all-time leading cutting sires and the leader of reined cow horse sires, with offspring earning over $23 million and sire of producers of $45.7 million; WR This Cats Smart, a 2014 NCHA and NRCHA leading sire with foals earning $5.8 million, CD Royal, a 1997 son Of CD Olena out of Boons Royal by BoonBar, with offspring earnings of close to $2.9 million, and Boon A Little, a 1999 blue roan stallion with$122,245 in lifetime earnings, sired by Smart Little Lena out of Autumn Boon by Dual Pep.


“I know what the pedigrees of my mares are but in doing the research on the popular stallions, I’m learning how many great stallions there are out there,” said Jeff. “I look at Magic Crosses but also which stallions are best for my particular mare based on the pedigrees.”


The babies:

Bet Yer Metallic, 2013 filly by Metallic Cat out of Bet Yer Boons by Peptoboonsmal, in training with Beau Galyean.

The Niedharts also have four 2-year-olds in training for next year’s aged events, including: a filly sired by Bet Yer Metallic (Metallic Cat x Bet Yer Boons x Peptoboonsmal), in training with Beau Galyean; High Rey Of Freckles, a filly by Dual Rey x Ruby Red Cat x High Brow Cat, in training with Tarin Rice; Boons Smart Rey, a filly by Dual Smart Rey x Royal Blue Boon Two x Boon Bar, in training with Galyean and Twice The Boon DR, a blue roan filly by Autumnator x Boon Quixote x Boon Bar, in training with Phil Rapp.


There are also eight weanlings that would make a cutter’s mouth water, including a stud colt by Peptoboonsmal x Autumn Boon x Dual Pep; a roan filly by High Brow Cat x Autumn Boon x Dual Pep; a blue roan filly by Metallic Cat x Royal Blue Boon Two x Boon Bar; a red roan colt by Metallic Cat x Bet Yer Boons x Peptoboonsmal; a sorrel filly by Peptoboonsmal x Rubys Red Cat x High Brow Cat; a black filly by Black Cat Olena x Boon Quixote x Boon Bar; a red roan filly (a clone of Peppys From Heaven sired by Peppy San Badger  out of Royal Blue Boon by Boon Bar; a grey filly  (a clone of Docalady sired by Doc Bar out of Miss Bar 69 by Hollywood Gold) and a black filly by Smart Little Lena x Royal Blue Boon x Boon Bar.


A weanling clone of Peppys From Heaven, sired by Pepy San Badger out of royal Blue Boon by Boon Bar.

According to Braden, the weanling sired by Black Cat Olena (High Brow Cat x Little Chexy Lena) out of Boon Quixote x Boon Bar is her favorite.


“Black Cat Olena is the coolest moving young prospect that we have ever owned. His natural draw and his ability to move through himself is outstanding.  He is very well balanced and has a ton of cow. He lost an eye during training that ended his career; however, he is bred to be a sire. His dam, Little Chexy Lena x Smart Little Lena earned over $40,000 and has a Top 10 Non-Pro NCHA Futurity finalist. She is also a multiple producer.”


What’s ahead?

“Everyone tells me that I need to breed horses to sell,” said Jeff; “however, I have made a commitment to not only breed horses, but have them trained as 2-year-olds and giving them the tools to have successful careers.  I am breeding horses to create a successful cutting horse. Although my wife sometimes gets impatient with me, we agreed we would be in this for eight years and we’re already 2 ½ years into that.”


As Jeff learns more and more about scientific breeding, he has changed his plans about which stallions to breed his mares to this year, changing gears on about 20-30% of his previous choices following his study of genetics.


The Neidharts’ Mare barn
Photo by Kurtz

“On this year’s breeding, we won’t know for three or four years if we were right on some of these breedings and pedigrees, but it needs to be done,” said Jeff, who is not only breeding for top cutting horses but also ranch horses and reined cow horses. “I don’t know if I will be right but time will tell.”


Asked how he makes his decisions on which mares to breed to which stallions, Jeff said he first prints off of, which is a Jockey Club program that now has incorporated Quarter Horses.


“I put in a sire and a dam and the program calculates what the hypothetical foal is. I will look at the pedigrees to tell me how much Doc Bar, Mr Peppy San, Peppy Belle, Teresa Tivio, etc. there is. Then I’ll basically look at their numbers and circle where the Delta and Formula One breeding patterns and the Rasmussen Factors are present. I also research older and current successful cutting horses to see what their pedigree and patterns of breeding are.”


“I try to find Formula One and Delta breeding styles and Hybrid Vigor. Hybrid Vigor is the breeding of a sire and a dam who both have Rasmussen Factor (RF0 but to two separate families. It brings two very strong families together, which I will do with Playboys Ruby and Royal Blue Boon.


“One of those plans includes breeding Hydrive Cat to Sweet Lil Ruby to have the RF to Playboys Ruby, give those horses the best trainers to succeed and then once I’ve done that with the Royal Blue Boon family, I’ll bring those families together in a Hybrid Vigor. I will build the pedigrees independently and then I will bring them together


“They are usually 2 x 3 generational crosses or 2 x 4 crosses. I am trying to do 2 x 3 crosses for each family of Playboys Ruby and Royal Blue Boon and then bring them together, but the problem is I can’t bring them together for another five or six years. I am currently looking into other horses to do this with.”


“I think the babies I’m going to have this year will be awesome and then I’ll try to bring them together for the next generation,” says Jeff.

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Also, as time goes by, Jeff is also anxious to see what other new breeding techniques will be discovered.


“Soon we might be able to choose and perfect getting certain colors and sexes, learn more about mitochondrial DNA and its effects, and see more changes, discoveries and inventions in the science of breeding.  Currently there are ads in the horse magazines to choose the sex of your foal.”


However Jeff really doesn’t care about an offspring’s sex or color. “Personally I just want to breed successful performance horses,” he said.


It was Braden’s idea to change the name of the cutting horse operation from Confluence Farms to Neidhart Cutting Horses and give the operation its new brand: a heart with a capital “N” within it.


The new Neidhart Cutting Horses logo.
Kurtz Photo

“The cutters just didn’t understand what Confluence Farms was all about and rather than having to explain about Neidhart’s other operations in New Mexico, she suggested just changing the name to something simple that they could remember and change the old web site to a new one that she designed, with the colors Griselda loves: blue and white.”


And once you’ve visited Neidhart’s cutting horse facility in Weatherford and seen firsthand the extent of the genetics and work that has gone into his cutting horse breeding program, you will realize that Neidhart Cutting Horses is a factor to be reckoned with in the performance horse industry.


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