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Gathered by Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 8, 2018

TOMMY HOUSTON NAMED HALL OF FAME MEMBER FROM TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY

Showing his versatility, Tommy Houston, current operator and manager of the Houston Ranch in Bluff Dale, Texas, , along with two other inductees, was recently inducted into the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame. Most of the cutting horse world knew Houston as a cutting horse owner and rider.

According to a press release from Tarleton State University, on Nov. 3, during the Tarleton State University Rodeo Hall of Fame ninth annual steak dinner and auction, at the Twisted J in Stephenville, Texas, they inducted Houston, along with two other individuals: Bradley Harter, a saddle bronc rider and 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals rodeo and Kim Todd Hodge, a barrel racer, goat tyer, breakaway and team roper, who competed in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, as well as high school rodeos and the NIRA. 

Houston accepted a rodeo scholarship at Texas Tech, but traveled with members of the Tarleton Rodeo team, including Tooter WaitesRandy MajorsCharles Bitters and Bobby Hungate. Taking honors such as the all-around hand at the West Texas State University rodeo in 1967 and twice winning the Texas Tech calf roping and the Tarleton Rodeo calf roping in 1967, he was no stranger to the winner’s circle. He went on to win the American Quarter Horse Association’s World Calf Roping Title in 1981.

NRHA FUTURITY:

The first major Western horse event to be over by today’s date is the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held in Oklahoma City, Nov. 19-Dec. 1.  The 2018 NRHA Open Futurity paid out the second largest purse in the event’s history, with nearly $1.5 million awarded. Additionally, there was an 8 percent increase in horses entered (399) and a 14 percent increase in total entries (1,124).

The Open Champion of a 70-horse field across four levels, taking home a $142,500 for his owner and $7,500 for his nominator, Karl Hapcic, was A Vintage Smoke, sired by an NRHA Million-dollar Sire, A Sparkling Vintage, out of Lady Smoke Peppy, owned by Diane Mesmer and ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham. 

The Reserve title went to Isnt She Perfect ridden by Kole Price.  She is sired by NRHA Two-Million-Dollar sire Walla Walla Whiz out of Miss Silver Gun and is owned by Amy Meadows. The mare was nominated by Tamarack Ranch LLC. The owner’s share of the purse was $130,352 and the nominator’s share was $6,518.

The NRHA Non-Pro Futurity included historic numbers with entries being up 8 percent , hosting 629 entries compared to last year’s 582, and a record purse of $617,166.  Also, the purse for each level was at a record high.

The winning  Non-Pro title went to Tish Fappani following a three-way runoff for the Championship. Fappani was aboard Icecube, a red dun stallion by SG Frozen Enterprize and out of Taris Designer Genes, nominated by Andrea Fappani and owned by Andrea and Tish Fappani. 

NCHA FUTURITY SALES:

Following a stellar Session I Day Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Western Bloodstock continued its upswing in the Preferred Breeders I Evening Session with a $30,000 average and 82% completed sales.

High Brow CD, the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open champion and a leading sire of the earners of $8.6 million, was the high seller of the evening. The 14-year-old son of High Brow Cat, consigned by Grace Ranch, brought $401,000 from Robert S. Collins/Homeplace Horse & Cattle, Blackville, S.C.

Magic Metallic, an 8-year-old Metallic Cat daughter, with an embryo by Hottish, brought the second highest price of the evening. Consigned by Waco Bend Ranch, Ltd., the full sister to 2017 NCHA Open Horse of the Year and World Champion Stallion Metallic Rebel LTE $438,266 sold to Stella Swanson, Midland, Tex., for $370,000. On Monday, in the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, Swanson purchased the Metallic Cat son Tin Man for $500,000.

Money Talks Smart, a 16-year-old mare sired by Smart Mate and consigned by Beechfork Ranch, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex., owner of leading sires Metallic Cat and Spots Hot. Money Talks Smart, dam of the earners of $557,103, sold with an embryo by Metallic Rebel and one by Purdy Boy Flash.

 NEED A LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS PRESENT?

If you are at any of the above-mentioned high-dollar events for cowboys and cowgirls, you will surely see Bill Chambers, a published author of a variety of books that he sells at major horse events. Chambers, who grew up with Cerebral Palsy, a debilitating physical disease he was born with and that severely affects his body movements, as well as speaking – but not his mind and ability to write interesting books. 

Rather than simply accepting government assistance, Bill is the author of at least 10 books that he physically markets at major horse events. His latest is called Seven Hill Sides and was inspired by a song written his friend Walt Wilkins. I think it is his best! 

The 158-page easy-to-read book is about the life of a man, born in an Appalachian mining town, who escaped being a miner, becomes a famous baseball player and marries a beautiful woman. But he loses his only child before it is born. He eventually finds God and becomes a carrier of the gospel. The book takes place during real major events in American history and includes a list of interesting characters who experienced both life and death during those times and reveals what they learned along the way. 

If you haven’t seen Bill at one of the shows, you can order books at P.O. Box 1338, Boyd, Texas 76023. They make great Christmas presents!

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☛ Starkey Smith passes at age 70

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, WHO | 0 comments

STARKEY SMITH PASSES AWAY AT AGE 70

 

INVOLVED IN CUTTING SINCE 1991, STARKEY OWNED 1993 OPEN WORLD CHAMPION SHOW BIZ SANDY

 

By Glory Ann Kurtz
May 11, 2018

Involved in the cutting horse industry for 18 years, Starkey Smith of De Kalb, Texas, passed away at age 70 at a Hot Springs, Ark., hospital on April 25, 2018.

 

Being involved in the cutting horse industry since 1991, he had numerous top 10 horses in various classes, including the 1993 Open World Champion Show Biz Sandy, a 1987 mare by Son Ofa Doc. He was also a cutting horse show producer for a number of years, with his shows featuring the top horses who were vying for World Championship honors.

 

Born On Oct. 21, 1947 in Texarkana, Ark., to J. W. Smith Jr. and Bobbie Ann Braswell Smith, Starkey was a high school and college football star until he suffered a knee injury after being awarded a scholarship to Tulane University. He graduated from East Texas State University with a bachelor of business administration and worked in the family grocery store until he was 52.

 

The family grocery stores grew to five Save Marts, two S-Marts, two Save Mart Pharmacies and a Silver Screen Video Store. He was also a member of the board of directors for Affiliated Foods in Little Rock, Ark.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew John Beck Smith. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shelva Smith, as well as his son and daughter-in-law Shane and Nancy Smith of Broken Bow, Okla. He has a grandson Cooper “Coop” Smith. He is also survived by one brother, Stacy Smith of Quinlan, Texas.

 

Interment was at the Woodmen Cemetery in DeKalb, Texas. The family suggests memorials go to the First Baptist Church building fund, 204 W. Fulton, De Kalb, Texas 75559.

 

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☛ Animal abusers could be registered like sex offenders 2-16-18

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO | 4 comments

ANIMAL ABUSERS CAN NOW BE REGISTERED LIKE SEX OFFENDERS IN SOME STATES

By Rick Dennis
Feb. 16, 2018

Rick Dennis

In an article on Shared. com, dated May 30, 2017 – by Meg, the author alerts the general public the abuse of animals in the article “Animal Abusers Will Now Be registered Like Sex Offenders.”  Consider this a win for animals all over the country.”

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For every abused puppy, abandoned kitten, or medically tested bunny, this is a win. No question.  A new law is growing in popularity across the country, and it’s something everyone can agree on. A number of United States jurisdictions have implemented an animal offenders registry, which will publicly reveal the names of known animal abusers in the area, similar to how “Sex Offenders” are registered.

Currently Tennessee is the only state to have an animal offenders registry, but other cities like New York and Cook County, Illinois, have them on a local level.

HOW LONG WILL THEY BE ON THE TENNESSEE LIST AND WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE IN THE REGISTRY?

The Tennessee registry is monitored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and can be accessed at the TBI or any local county office. Each abuser will have their name, date of birth, offense, conviction date, and expiration date.

First time animal abusers will be registered for two years. An additional five years will be added for every subsequent offense after the two years. Suffolk County, located on the eastern part of Long Island, was the first in the country to develop an animal offenders registry.

“We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence,” said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, the bill’s sponsor. “Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people.”  Convicted abusers will be made to pay a $50 registration fine. All abusers 18 or older must supply a recent photo as well as any aliases they go by. If you fail to register, you’ll face a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

The driving force behind this move is the FBI classification of “Animal Abuse Crimes” in the same felony categories assigned to offenses committed by people. In law enforcement, there are two basic crime classifications:  Offenses Against Property and Offenses Against Persons. In the United States, when a crime is committed, each law enforcement agency documenting the crime, as well as its classification, is fed into a Federal database, i.e., National Crime Information Center or (NCIC).  In turn, this commutative date is analyzed by FBI analysts for assignment and inclusion in the correct data base for statistical reporting.

Clinical psychologists have long known the direct correlation between animal abusers and the commission of a violent crime, by a specific individual, later in his or her life. The FBI used this correlation of information to establish its Criminal Profiler Division, that I attended. The FBI uses this information to teach Criminal Profiling technology and advances to date.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ANIMAL TRAINING:

While studying for a Criminal Justice degree in college, a pre-requisite included two semesters of the Silverman Psychology. It was during this class that I learned the principles of “Conditioned Response” or “Classical Conditioning,” also known as “Pavlovian or Respondent Conditioning,” that refers to a learning procedure in which a biologically potent stimulus (e.g. food) is paired with a preciously neutral stimulus (e.g. a bell).

It also refers to the learning process that results from the pairing, through which the neutral stimulus comes to elicit a response (e.g. salivation that is usually similar to the one elicited by the potent stimulus).  Together with “Operant Conditioning,” “Classical Conditioning” became the foundation of behaviorism, a school of psychology which was dominant in the mid 20th-century and is still an important influence on the practice of psychological therapy and the study of animal behavior.  “Classical Conditioning” is a basic learning process and its “neural substrates” are now beginning to be understood. These same psychological principles are commonly used today in training any animal (e.g. horses, dogs, etc.).  One of the most renowned psychologist to perfect these theories is “Burrhus Frederic Skinner” or “B.F. Skinner”.  Dr. Skinner was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher.

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

By applying this information, i.e., facts, psychological theories, and clinical practices law enforcement has moved into the arena of understanding criminality: from its most basic concepts to the most advanced criminal minds, (e.g. Serial Killers). It’s from these comparative studies that the correlation between “Animal Abusers” and “Criminality” was identified and used by law enforcement agencies to identify and advance apprehensions of violent criminal violators in today’s society.  Further these identifiable behavioral characteristics are also used in the fields of “Risk Assessment” and “Analysis.”  Also, these premises are used by private industry to justify “Background Checks” of new hires, as well as contractors – Agents or Assigns, to limit liability exposure.  As the old adage states, “What you have today, may be the prerequisite of your problem tomorrow.”

ANIMALS, PSYCHOLOGY, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Richard Dennis graduation from a K-9 class with a successful 16-week training course completion. Photo features Rick, the law enforcement handler and his trained Police K-9 ready for street assignment..

Horses and dogs are established in history as companion and work animals, as well as their incorporation into a myriad of successful law enforcement agency applications. Horses are primarily used for crowd control while dogs (e.g. K-9’s) are used for crowd control, criminal apprehension and tracking, as well as rescue operations, illegal drugs and explosive detection. The same psychological concepts mentioned in this article are used to train these animals for human assistance.

While I was in law enforcement, my K-9 teams successfully competed in competition all over the globe, including against the notable German Polizi. I’ve taught Police K-9 training at the prestigious Lackland Air Force Base Military K-9 Training Facility in San Antonio, Texas. Further, I’ve had Police Drug K-9’s certified as an expert witnesses by the United States Supreme Court as well as winning the coveted “National Narcotics Detector Dog Association award for private industry”.

It’s these successes that made it easy for me to transition to a professional reined cow horse trainer as a profession. The principles used to train dogs and successful Police K-9 teams are the same ones used to train successful equestrian teams in the horse industry. Equally, it’s these professional experiences which enabled me to author my second book, CROSS TRAINING 101 – Reining, Cutting, Cow Horse.

 

ANIMAL ABUSE AND THE HORSE INDUSTRY TRAINERS BEWARE!

It’s only a matter of time before legislatures across the United States adopt this “Animal Abuse Registry”, as they have by adopting animal abuse laws, as well as classifications (e.g. a misdemeanor or a felony). Lately, the incidents of arrests and convictions in the horse industry are becoming more prevalent, as are increased incidents of jail time being handed out.

Therefore, each trainer should be cognizant of his or her environmental surroundings, especially on show day when the audience is filled with a mixed bag of people including “animal rights activists” with instant video recording using cell phone cameras. Remember, you can instantly become a celebrity on social media or law enforcement with a click of a button. What you may consider a normal training activity may be construed as animal abuse by the unknowing. Train your horses at home and show them on show day.

Over the years, I’ve authored a myriad of articles on animal (horse) abuse which are featured in “Rick’s Corner” on www.allaboutcutting.net including a seven part informational series. Each article has defined a specific area of abuse with horses from the professional trainer to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, including horse slaughter. They are available for free reading to the general public.

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

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing MemberOffice No: (985) 630-3500
Email: windrivercompany@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com

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