Dude Smith: One of the few remaining Turtles
Vernon “Dude” Smith Jr. is one of the oldest living Gold Card members (No. 159) and one of the few remaining members of the Cowboys’ Turtle Association – the forerunner to the PRCA.
“It always makes you feel good when they ask your card number and they want to take pictures,” said the 89-year-old Texan, noting that numbers were assigned as cowboys entered.
Smith was presented with a Montana Silversmiths buckle for being one of the four oldest Gold Card members – No. 159 – along with his friend, Tater Decker, who was No. 6. Decker passed away on March 31, 2017.
“Neal (Gay) and I are the only two left of the bunch,” Smith said.
Smith joined the CTA two years before the association’s name changed to the Rodeo Cowboys Association, which went on to become the PRCA.
“All it did was change names – it was the same bunch,” Smith said.
Jun 16, 2017, 13:23
A New Era for Kiser Arena Specialists
Since 1987, Kiser Arena Specialists has filled the equine industry’s need as experts in riding surface development, arena equipment and footing education. From humble farming roots, the Kiser family found their way into the horse world competing in the American Quarter Horse and National Reining Horse Associations. Jim Kiser was a highly competitive youth rider and quickly gained accolades as a talented trainer with the support of his father Bob Kiser and mother Linda Kiser. Linda was actively involved at events working in the show office, and Bob found himself happy to cheer for and support Jim, however Bob felt somewhat idle compared to the long, hard hours of day to day life on his active Illinois farm.
Jun 15, 2017, 12:40
Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
(Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017) – Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work on his first day. Also this morning, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny .
“The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or parent seeks – to be good stewards, and to hand off our nation, our home, our fields, our forests, and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it,” Perdue said. “Making sure that Americans who make their livelihoods in the agriculture industry have the ability to thrive will be one of my top priorities. I am committed to serving the customers of USDA, and I will be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.”
May 18, 2017, 17:11
Ryan Zinke Sworn In as 52nd Secretary of the Interior
5th-generation Montanan pledges to uphold President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy
Today, Ryan Zinke (pronounced Zink-EE) was confirmed and sworn in as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior. The Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Zinke the morning of March 1, 2017, and he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building later that evening. Zinke is the first Montanan to serve as a cabinet secretary and also the first U.S. Navy SEAL in the cabinet.
May 18, 2017, 16:54
Joe Wilson Elected to AHC Board of Trustees
Joe Wilson, current President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) of North America has been elected to the AHC’s Board of Trustees. He replaces outgoing TRA President and AHC Board Member Scott Wells.
“The AHC is grateful to Mr. Wells’ for lending his time and knowledge to the AHC . He will be missed on the Board of Trustees,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We are pleased that Mr. Wilson has agreed to take his place as the new President of TRA. He has been involved in the racing industry for many years and his experience will be an excellent addition to the AHC’s Board.”
Mr. Wilson, a Philadelphia native, has worked in the racetrack business for more than 30 years. He began with a stint working for AmTote at the old Keystone Racetrack in 1982 and stayed with them until 1999 when he was hired by Greenwood Racing as Director of Wagering Services. During his time with AmTote, he estimates that he worked at more than 30 tracks across North America and managed the operation at Parx Racing beginning in 1993.
May 18, 2017, 16:51
Brede Remembered for Dedication and Charity
Dedicated horseman Arthur “Thom” Brede was a driving force in the horse world right up until his passing on April 20. He and his late wife, Ann “Wissie” Brede, moved their Thoroughbred breeding operation from Pennsylvania to Stamping Ground, Ky., in 2000. The Brede family owned Audley End and Taterland Farms.
Brede was a devoted judge for US Equestrian who judged hunters at major horse shows across the United States and Canada for more than 50 years. He earned his Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation Large ‘R’ license in 1965, his Hunter Large ‘R’ license in 1966, and his Hunter Breeding Large ‘R’ license in 1985. In addition, he chaired the Licensed Officials Committee from 1998 to 2012, and 12 of those years were co-chaired with 2013 US Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Keith Bartz.
May 18, 2017, 16:48
Trey Hunt Passes
Trey Hunt, 41, Millsap, Tex., an esteemed trainer and coach within the North Texas cutting horse community, lost a courageous battle with brain cancer on May 14, 2017. Hunt, the son of NCHA Senior Sales Executive Bobby and Jamie Hunt; is also husband of wife Jenna and father of daughter Kay. An NCHA member since 1988, Hunt specialized in starting and fitting two-year-olds and was the NCHA lifetime earner of $179,795. He had trained the highest selling filly from the 2007 NCHA Futurity, 2-year-old SDP Tell Me Kitty, who sold for $200,000. He had previously placed in the Top 15 in the Open.
"He loved horses and he loved cutting. He adored his wife and daughter," said his father. Trey was born July 28, 1975.
May 18, 2017, 15:40
DON IMUS'S RANCH TO BE SOLD BY ONLINE AUCTION
Outstanding Real Estate Investment Opportunity
2,100 Acre Ranch Located in Ribera, New Mexico
Opening Bid Only $5,000,000
Auction Date: June 15, 1:00 PM (ET) Register & Bid at www.thomasauction.com
Approximately 2,100 Acres - 32,589 Square Feet of Living Quarters in 11 Structures - 35,000 Square Feet of Barns, Garages, Green Houses and Sheds - Ranch is Totally Environmentally Pure
State Lease Acres
There’s a 35 year lease with the State on an additional 872 acres that a join the property. There is approximately 30 years remaining on the lease. The current annual lease payment is $11,061, with a 2% annual increase. The state lease is assignable subject to State approval which cannot be unreasonably withheld.
May 18, 2017, 15:01
Truck Talk with Nate Brekken It’s time for a brake check everyone!
Truck Talk with Nate Brekken
It’s time for a brake check everyone!
Preventive maintenance has always been top of mind for us at Strictly Diesel and with summer towing season just around the corner, we’re wondering - have you had your brakes checked recently? I have had to do a lot of driving on Phoenix roads lately. Stop lights and or signs don’t seem to mean what they used to! Whether it’s blatantly going through red lights, or not even trying to slow down on the yellows - we all seem to be in a hurry these days.
Apr 30, 2017, 12:52
EL CABALLO REY - Equestrian Art Academy by Cynthia Lippon
EL CABALLO REY - Equestrian Art Academy by Cynthia Lippon
“HORSE IS KING”. A center for equestrian learning in Cave Creek, founded by the Spanish ecuyer, Manuel Trigo, is a place dedicated to pursuing the lightness of the French classical tradition of horsemanship.
Focused horsemen and women with various breeds of horses gather at ECR to study timeless methods of training that benefit their horse’s ultimate lightness, strength, impulsion, and collection…building blocks for success no matter the discipline. There are riding lessons and an exciting array of activities, both classical and those reflecting Manuel’s Spanish heritage.
Apr 29, 2017, 15:28
Home Spun by Jim Olson Bringing Yourself with You
Home Spun by Jim Olson
Bringing Yourself with You
No matter where you go—there you are! LOL
There is an old story I am reminded of which goes like this: A new plant opened in this particular town and they were hiring. Folks from several neighboring towns were moving there in search of employment.
One day, this old man, who had a little country store on the edge of town, was lounging on his front porch. The new plant's manager sat with him to observe people as they came into town.
Apr 29, 2017, 15:24
The Interview - with Al Dunning
The Interview - with Al Dunning
TELL US ABOUT THE ALMOSTA RANCH AND WHY YOUR PROGRAM HAS BEEN SPECIAL FOR SO MANY YEARS?
In 1970, John Hoyt and I moved to the Almosta Ranch on McDonald Drive and the canal bank in Scottsdale. A developer bought the property, bought out my lease, and I was able to purchase property near 108th St and Shea Blvd in 1973. At that time, that property was about 12 miles from any store and the city grew out to us. In the mid-1990s another developer came in and bought that property which had grown to 25 acres. I bought 40 acres of property on Jomax west of Scottsdale Road, which I intended to move the Almosta Ranch to in the future. That property seemed too close to town so I was able to sell it and acquire a 30-acre property on 160th St south of Rio Verde Drive in 1996, which at that time was still 12 miles to the nearest store. We moved out in 1999. On the 30 acres, I have developed one of the premier training facilities for all western events.
Apr 29, 2017, 15:20
Is that Toto, SPFFF, and keep Flexin them Muscles Boys By Justin Legler
Is that Toto, SPFFF, and keep Flexin them Muscles Boys
By Justin Legler
Well, I think April needs to do a little better job in representing itself…. You agree?? AZ needs a “DO OVER” April!!! I mean com'mon…. Went from one of the wettest winters that I can remember to, nothing….. I mean, FREAKIN NOTHING! April, I’m calling BS…. Where’s my “April Showers brings me May Flowers”?? NO!!! All you brought were, pre-triple digits that we’re NOT supposed to see until May… Then you brought a lot of unexpected wind…. This is AZ… Not Kansas!! Now I know Northern AZ, you guys normally have to tie yourself down in April, but not the Valley of the Sun….. I think I seen Toto flying… You know, the dog from “Wizard of OZ” LOL…. At least the wind kept the early triple digits bearable, but it did fuel a couple of early fires…. Way too early for that shit!!
Apr 29, 2017, 14:59
NFR cowboy Tater Decker passes away
Long time rodeo cowboy Tater Decker died March 31, 2017 from natural causes in his home in Talihina, Okla. Decker competed in steer wrestling at the 1959 and 1961 National Finals Rodeos ended both years ranked 13th and eight in the world standings, respectively.
Tater's rodeo career started in the early 1940s and the rodeo way of life was always in his heart. He is a lifetime gold card member of the PRCA and has the distinction of being card member No. 6.
Tater has won most every major rodeo at one time or another from Madison Square Garden to Fort Worth and Houston, Denver and Cheyenne. Competing in all events, his favorites were the steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. Pictured at left is Decker competing in saddle bronc in 1962 on a bronc named Rocky Road.
Apr 29, 2017, 14:49
Johnson Juggles Barrel Racing with Business
A rodeo arena and a tennis court may seem worlds apart for most people. But for Scottsdale barrel racer Barb Johnson, the two venues represent the two halves of her world, a unique blend that combines her passion with her commitment to family.
Johnson grew up in Arizona, the daughter of a Phoenix-raised cowboy and a Canadian, George Johnson. She inherited her love of riding from both parents and began by following in her late mother’s (Susan Johnson) footsteps into English disciplines like dressage and eventing.
But soon it was her father’s passion for rodeo, as well as an environment more friendly to Western riding, that had her picking up a barrel saddle. Her father rode bareback horses and bulls as well as team roped and Johnson followed his path to rodeo, buying her WPRA card by the time she was 20.
Apr 29, 2017, 14:34
Dr. Jim Heird Joins NCEA National Advisory Board
AQHA First Vice President Dr. Jim Heird joins the National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.
The National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association recently announced two new members will join the board to help with the mission of elevating and advancing equestrian to the most sustainable and strongest of all NCAA women's sports.
Dr. Jim Heird of Texas A&M University and Liz Cordia of SMU will join the NAB, and both bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the board.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:23
Johnny Trotter Receives Award
AQHA Past President honored by National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
AQHA Past President Johnny Trotter this past weekend was honored by The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He was presented with the Chester A. Reynolds Award during the museum’s annual Western Heritage Awards.
The Chester A. Reynolds Award was established in 1990, and is named in honor of the founder of the Museum.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:20
UC Davis Ushers in New Era
The University of California, Davis appointed Joy Hoover as hospital administrator for the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), which in 2018 will embark on a 10-year expansion.
Hoover, who is already hard at work getting to know the staff and the ins and outs of the VMTH’s specialty services, will have time to settle in before the hospital undergoes its $508 million facelift, designed to update crowded 1970s-era facilities designed for 5,000 animal patients but currently serving 55,000.
Apr 29, 2017, 12:50
AAHA Names 2017 Practice of the Year
The AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates achievements of AAHA-accredited vet practices.
A veterinary practice in Colorado earned top honors from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Loving Family Animal Hospital of Aurora, Colorado took home first place for the general practice category in the 8th annual AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Awards.
The goal of the AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award is to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of accredited practice teams. Each entry was evaluated on their most recent accreditation score, mission and vision, practice design, practice team composition, continuing education and training, community service and more.
Apr 29, 2017, 12:49
Penn Vet Receives $5 Million for Equine Medicine Professorship
The endowment came from the estate of Seth and Lucy Holcombe in honor of their friend Harry Werner, VMD.
The endowed chair is named for the Holcombe’s veterinarian and life-long friend, Dr. Harry Werner, a 1974 Penn Vet graduate.
PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
The equine program at Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine received a $5 million endowment from the estate of Seth and Lucy Holcombe. The gift honors Harry Werner, VMD, the Holcombes’ good friend and long-time veterinarian.
Apr 29, 2017, 12:34