Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association welcomes new members
The Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association is pleased to welcome the following new members to this growing association:
Watson’s Hat Shop
4 Sister Shop, LLC
True West Magazine
Buffalo Chip Saloon
Cave Creek Tap Haus
May 29, 2013, 02:20
Grijalva Introduces Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion and Study Act – Reps. Barber, Kirkpatrick are Original Cosponsors
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations, introduced the Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion and Study Act of 2013 yesterday afternoon. Reps. Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick are original cosponsors.
This year’s version of the bill, which has been introduced in previous Congresses, seeks to expand the boundaries of the park to includes 2,525 acres identified by the Park Superintendent for their resource values and ecological characteristics. New additions will enhance current ecological protections and create a permanent wildlife corridor to the Santa Cruz River from Saguaro National Park through the Sweetwater Preserve. Expanding the boundaries of the park based on resource value and the identification of willing landowners prevents incongruous development and contributes to the lasting integrity of the Park.
May 29, 2013, 02:18
COPPER STATE HORSE SHOW RESULTS, WELCOME HOME RANCH - May 5, 2013
HI POINT TRAINER $50 AWARD - Pam Stedman, Fox Mask Farm
Welcome Home Ranch has a brand new website! Click on their name or visit them @welcomehomeranch.com. We have 3 shows scheduled there in the fall: Oct 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1. And don't miss the Flagstaff shows: June 7, 8, & 9, and Sept 14 & 15. Beat the Heat!
Walk: 1st: Madelene Tangy, 2nd: Jordan Bayliff, 3rd: Kalei Hawkinson, 4th: Brianna Rankins, 5th: Wyatt Smith, 6th: Sloane Jenkins
Walk/Trot: 1st: Kalie Hawkinson, 2nd: Madelene Tangy, 3rd: Wyatt Smith, 4th: Sloane Jenkins, 5th: Jordyn Bayliff, 6th: Brianna Rankins
Walk/Trot and Poles: 1st: Kalie Hawkinson, 2nd: Madelene Tangy, 3rd: Sloane Jenkins, 4th: Jordyn Bayliff, 5th: Brianna Rankins, 6th: Wyatt Smith
Champion: Kalie Hawkinson
Reserve Champion: Madelene Tangy
May 29, 2013, 02:15
Coming to Grips with Aging Infrastructure
By Garrett Hawkins
Our nation is grappling with aging infrastructure, particularly on inland waterways and ports.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s inland waterway system a D- grade in its 2013 infrastructure report card. Nearly 50 percent of the nation’s 257 locks are classified as functionally obsolete. By 2020, more than 80 percent will be functionally obsolete. On the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River System, 57 percent of the locks were built in the 1930s with a projected 50-year lifespan.
The challenge comes into focus when you consider that more than 60 percent of our grain exports are transported via inland waterways and ultimately, 95 percent of U.S. agricultural exports and imports are transported through U.S. harbors. These activities support more than 400,000 jobs.
May 29, 2013, 02:11
Ben Mulé Named Chef de Cuisine at Hidden Meadow Ranch
Chicago-born Chef Perfect Fit for Arizona’s Most Romantic Dining Destination
Hidden Meadow Ranch is synonymous with luxury and fine service in a beautiful, tranquil setting. Add to that setting amazing cuisine brought to guests by the new Chef de Cuisine Ben Mulé.
Chef Mulé comes to Hidden Meadow from The Blennerhassett Hotel’s Spats Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he served as Executive Chef. Mulé graduated from the Washburne Culinary Institute and is listed on the National Registry of “Who’s Who of Chefs.” His exceptional culinary skill earned him a place as a delegate on the American Culinary Federation’s Bocuse d’Or 1992 Culinary Olympic Team in Lyon, France.
The Chicago native learned the ropes in a number of Windy City restaurants and country clubs. Chef Mulé’s classic French training has taught him methods and techniques that are the basis for all food preparation and has made him the chef he is today. He also worked in a Glacier Park, Montana, lodge as Chef de Cuisine, so understands remote location fine dining.
May 29, 2013, 01:56
Dad Wants Polo Tickets, Not Another Polo Shirt. Cool Father’s Day Gift
Father’s Day is right around the corner, June 16th. If you’re thinking of getting Dad another Polo shirt, we have a better idea: tickets to what is now America’s Most Attended Polo Event, The Scottsdale Ferrari Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower.
Taking place this year on November 1st and 2nd at WestWorld of Scottsdale, all the details can be found at www.thepoloparty.com. That’s where you can purchase individual tickets, reserved tables and even your own tent.
Cars, bars, people-watching, divot-stomping and one of the most unique events in the country. Good for families. Good for fun.
May 29, 2013, 01:53
You're Invited! PATH Intl. Region 10 Conference
Red Lion Hotel
700 Scott Ave.
Farmington, NM 87401
July 12-14, 2013
You are invited to attend the 2013 PATH Intl. Region 10 Conference. I think you will find this event interesting and informative, and I hope you can attend. Please note that online registration has been extended through Saturday, June 15!
As you pick your sessions, please note that the session listing may be over multiple pages. You will need to click on each page number of the session listings and select your sessions prior to clicking "next" at the bottom of the online registration. The page numbers can be found just under the search box, on the session listings screen during online registration. Once you have selected all of your sessions, you can then click "next" and proceed with checking out.
May 28, 2013, 02:12
It’s A Great American Summer in Cutting; NYCHA World Finals Featured
It’s going to be a great American summer in Fort Worth, Texas, as cutting horse enthusiasts of all ages make their way to the Will Rogers Center for the Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular July 12 through August 3 and featuring the 2013 NYCHA Convention, Summer Scholarship Cutting and NCHA-Grace Ranch Youth World Finals July 21 through July 26.
Slated to offer more than $2 million in cash and prizes, the Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular brings not only top flight cutting horse competition to the arena floor but a host of family-friendly activities for members of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and fans of the cutting horse.
Featured in the competition will be four-year-old cutting horses in the Derby while five- and six-year-old horses will compete in the Classic. Among those expected to compete will be 2013 Super Stakes Champion Hes A Spot Hot, owned by Don Gilbert of Coushatta, La., and ridden by Hall of Fame Rider Wesley Galyean, 2013 Futurity Champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat, ridden by $4 million rider Ronnie Rice and owned by Center Ranch of Centerville, Texas, as well as 2013 Super Stakes Classic Champion and earner of more than $300,000, Stylish Martini, owned by Dottie St. Clair Hill of Glen Rose, Texas, and shown by Roger Wagner.
May 28, 2013, 01:58
Biostar EQ Presents Educational Opportunities Through Their Online Monthly Webinar Series
Having a horse and being able to maintain it takes education and sometimes years of practice. But when it comes to maintaining performance horses at their highest level, having a professional around to help give yourself a great foundation of knowledge can make a huge difference in the show ring. Tigger Montague, founder and formulator at Biostar EQ is providing her expertise in the field of equine nutrition to the owners, riders and professionals all across the world as Biostar EQ launches their online monthly webinar series.
Biostar EQ and Tigger Montague will be hosting monthly webinars, which are free for everyone to attend. The goal is to open up educational talks to horse owners and break down the barriers of confusing terms and topics to help horses flourish not only in health, but in performance as well. Biostar’s first webinar in the series tackled Stress in Horses. The webinar covered The Cortisol Connection, Where Stress Starts, Recognizing the Signs, Managing Stress, and was followed up by a Question and Answer session. Due to the success of the event, Biostar decided to continue on with topics of interest from the group’s participants following a similar format, as well as covering topics which play an important role in horse health.
May 28, 2013, 01:52
Vita Flex Nutrition Holds Autograph Signing with Victory Team Member Jan Byyny at Rolex
Vita Flex Victory Team member Jan Byyny returned to the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event with mounts Syd Kent and Inmidair. Byyny also took a few moments out of her busy schedule to visit fans and sign autographs on Friday, April 26, just before her dressage test on Syd Kent. Vita Flex Nutrition hosted the autograph session at Bit of Britian and was honored to have one of their Victory Team members competed at this iconic equestrian event.
| Rolex veteran and Vita Flex Victory Team Member Jan Byyny and Vita Flex Brand Manager Tanner Clark at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky. (Photo courtesy of Vita Flex)|
Fans flocked to Bit of Britian for the chance to meet Byyny, who was joined by Vita Flex’s Brand Manager Tanner Clark. “The pinnacle of eventing in this country is Rolex Kentucky,” stated Clark. “Just getting ready for Kentucky in the spring is one of the most exciting goals you can have as an event rider at the top level. Vita Flex is thrilled to be supporting Jan as she and her horses compete at the top level of this sport.”
May 24, 2013, 20:16
A Special Discovery
By Susan Bates
I was riding in the Ouachita Mountains (pronounced Wosh-i-taw) yesterday and suddenly my horse, Issy, alerted.
I had seen so many feral hogs that I feared more were close by but Issy was different this time....He whinnied and that
was totally out of character for him. We walked on and he alerted again and whinnied louder this time.
Then I heard it... a faint little whinny and out from the brush and thorns walks this weak, emaciated foal!
We were more than 5 miles from my trailer at the nearest road and in the wilderness but, yet, here was this poor
(and probably dying) foal. The little guy immediately ran up to Issy and thrust his nose up into Issy's penis area.
I expected Issy to react violently but he didn't; he just moved off and nuzzled the foal. I was slow to comprehend the situation as it was so surreal but finally I jumped off and proceeded to run my hands over the foal. I felt nothing but bone - not even a hint of muscle.
May 24, 2013, 20:10
HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012/2013: Paget’s Promise is fulfilled at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
By Kate Green
|Jock Paget (NZL) and Clifton Promise, winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).|
A new star was born when New Zealander Jock Paget triumphed in an extraordinary climax to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™.
Paget, who is the first Badminton debutant to win since fellow Kiwi Mark Todd in 1980, had been at great pains to tell people that he had so far never jumped clear in the finale of a CCI4*. But this time, he and Frances Stead’s Clifton Promise were quietly flawless, as indeed they had been throughout the entire competition in which the spotlight had been focussed on the tussle between Jung, Nicholson and Fox-Pitt.
In an almost unbelievable scenario, the usually faultless Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam, leaders after first two phases, hit the very last rail of the competition and dropped to second place.
The Rolex Grand Slam challenge evaporated in a split-second when William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Parklane Hawk hit the last part of the treble at fence 7 to drop from third to fifth place.
May 24, 2013, 20:04
Formidable French win Furusiyya leg in Lummen
By Louise Parkes
|Marc Dilasser and Obiwan de Piliere Jo produced one of the two double-clear rounds that helped secure victory for France at the fourth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 series in Lummen, Belgium today. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans.|
The French swept to a clear and concise victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 leg at CSIO 4* Lummen in Belgium today. However they were pushed all the way by a highly-competitive and considerably less-experienced Swiss side that had to settle for runner-up spot in the final analysis, while The Netherlands finished a distance behind in third.
There were four countries seeking points towards qualification for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final which will take place in Barcelona, Spain next September and fourth-placed Finland earned 75 points, while fifth-placed Sweden took 70 and Belgium claimed 66 when slotting into sixth spot. Great Britain was not in the points race when finishing seventh, so the Norwegian side that finished last of the eight competing nations claimed 64 points for their effort.
The French took the lead from the outset and never flinched. Double-clears from Marc Dilasser (Obiwan de Piliere Jo) and Aymeric de Ponnat (Armitages Boy) placed them in a strong position and pathfinder, Jerome Hurel (Ohm de Pontual) was the only member of the side to drop a fence throughout the entire competition. French anchorman, Olivier Guillon, was clear first time out with Lord de Theize to ensure a zero team score and didn’t need to return to the ring in the second round as the result was already decided.
May 24, 2013, 20:02
Prayers for Oklahoma
As all of you have most likely heard, tragedy struck parts of Oklahoma this week. To my knowledge, there have been no fatalities of any RSNC members however, all of our hearts go out to all who are suffering. We all want to know how we can help, below is the information on how you can support through the Red Cross.
To all of the RSNC members in Oklahoma, we know you have broad shoulders and will lend a hand where needed. To the rest of us, let's support the Red Cross so they can support those who need it.
May 22, 2013, 13:46
Cross-Country Day at So8ths/Nikon HOTC Three-Day Event
It was another exciting day at Southern 8ths Farm for the So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas,” on Saturday, May 4. Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level riders challenged a course designed by well-known course designer Tremaine Cooper and built by Tyson Rementer.
Leading the way in the Beginner Novice division after combining both their Dressage and Cross-Country scores were Kathy Viele and Matariki with their low score of 33.40. This was Kathy’s first time at Southern 8ths Farm and she was pleased. “This is one of the nicest venues. More people should know about this,” commented Kathy. As a longtime Eventer, Kathy was also pleased with all that she learned from my fellow competitors.
Novice rider Sarah Zimmer and Mardi Gras held onto their lead claimed after the Dressage after negotiating and fault free Cross-Country (30.70). After Sarah came off the course for the second year in a row her beaming smile was evident. “I love the course,” she noted. “This event is so well organized.”
May 22, 2013, 02:34
Reining Canada News
NRHA Cowtown Classic Cancelled
The National Reining Horse Association board of directors met in April to discuss the 2013 NRHA Cowtown Classic and recent information brought to the board's attention regarding changes made to Texas Event Trust Fund policies. In light of these changes, the board of directors decided to cancel the 2013 event. Previously, the board decided against renewing contracts for future Cowtown events.
NRHA apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to NRHA members making plans to attend the 2013 NRHA Cowtown Classic.
May 22, 2013, 02:32
Tennessee's LexLin Gypsy Vanner Horse Ranch Announces Unique Care Lease - Foal Partnership Opportunity
LexLin Gypsy Ranch, the largest breeding farm for Gypsy Vanner horses in North America, announced today a new broodmare partnership program to introduce prospective owners to the Gypsy Vanner breed.
The LexLin Gypsy Breeder's Partnership Program offers a care leasefoal partnership program for this distinctive horse breed, which is indigenous to the United Kingdom. LexLin is the only Gypsy Vanner horse breeding ranch offering this kind of program.
LexLin Gypsy Ranch matches approved applicants to the most appropriate Gypsy broodmare[s] to help partners meet their goals of owning and caring for a Gypsy horse. As part of this partnership package, LexLin Gypsy Ranch provides its active guidance and expertise to partners in the breeding and care of a Gypsy Vanner prized for its ideal temperament along with great athleticism and presence.
May 22, 2013, 02:28
AVILA AWARDED PHIL GRAMM DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
Felipe Avila, a Ph.D. candidate in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), won the prestigious 2013 U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship. This award, which includes a $5000 scholarship, is given to recognize students’ exemplary contributions in research, teaching, and mentoring in their doctoral programs.
|Felipe Avila (center), PhD candidate in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is awarded with a 2013 Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship. He received his award from Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Dr. Karen Butler-Purry (left) and Provost, Dr. Karan Watson (right).|
“Felipe is a tremendous role model for not only our undergraduate students, but also our graduate students. Through his mentorship and teaching, he has touched many lives, and has demonstrated the success that comes with hard work and dedication. We are very proud of Felipe and extend him our sincere congratulations,” said Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine.
Originally, Avila came to study horses, but when the opportunity arose to focus on alpacas, he took it. Alpacas, a type of camelid originally from South America, are prized in the United States primarily for their fiber. Working in the Laboratory of Animal Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics, under the supervision of Dr. Terje Raudsepp, Avila’s research focuses on chromosome structure and evolution in camelids, particularly the alpaca, as well as chromosomal abnormalities that affect the health of different camelid species. His Ph.D. research project involves generating a whole genome map for the alpaca. With this study, Avila aims to integrate genome sequence data with physical chromosome information to obtain the location of various genetic markers, such as those for disease resistance, congenital disorders, reproduction, fiber color, and texture. His goal is to lay the foundation for research on genetic contributions to traits of economic and biological importance in different camelid species.
May 22, 2013, 02:25
Hackamore Classic Two Rein Champions Crowned
Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat win Open Two Rein; Glenn Kaplan and No Wright To Smoke top Non-Pro division
|Lyn Anderson, Madera, Calif., guided Tuckers Smart Cat to the Open Two Rein Championship.|
As the sun went down in Pueblo, Colo., on Thursday, May 2, the first of the NRCHA Hackamore Classic horse show competitors entered the arena for the Open and Non-Pro Two Rein classes.
Last to work in the Open Two Rein was the formidable combination of Lyn Anderson and Tuckers Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Smoke Time Tuck x Doc Tom Tucker). They bested the field of eleven entries when they scored a 145 in the rein work and a 147.5 in the cow work. The win paid $1,509.
The Reserve Championship ended in a tie between One Time Rey Jay (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Red Rey x Doc's Hickory), shown by Jake Telford for Holy Cow Performance Horses, Texas; and Bettin Yer Smart (Smart Little Lena x Bet Yer Boons x Peptoboonsmal), owned by Debra Brown & Larry Licking. Both scored a 288.5 composite, and both took home a check for $1,192.50.
May 22, 2013, 02:20
Country Artist Bobby Cyrus To Release Debut Album, Homeplace, May 21
“Send Me Wings” To Be Released To Country Radio In Coming Weeks
BGC Records/GMV Nashville artist Bobby Cyrus will release his debut album, Homeplace, on May 21 through all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.
The album features 13 tracks, nine of which were written or co-written by the singer. Produced by renowned vocalist and Bluegrass musician, Don Rigsby, the album features special guest appearances by, Bobby’s cousin, Billy Ray Cyrus on “Milkman’s Eyes,” and Country legend, Tom T. Hall on the track “A Rose For Marie.”
"Since the day I picked up my first guitar this is the music I have always wanted to create,” explained Cyrus. “I thank God for giving me the gift of rhythm and rhyme and a special thank you to all those who believed in me enough to help make this dream come true. I am truly a blessed man."
May 22, 2013, 02:17