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Published on: 12/11/2017
“Not For Hire” is Not Enough – How the ELD Mandate Will Impact the Horse Industry

As a breeder, owner, trainer or competitor in the horse industry, it is important to understand the implications of the ELD Mandate that will be hitting the transportation industry in December of 2017. The facts are that unless we all speak up you may be required to install an electronic logging device (ELD) in your truck.

There are some exemptions in place for farm or agricultural hauling where an ELD would not be required. However, many of the rigs used for hauling horses and the activities horse owners participate in, especially those that frequently travel to horse shows, fall outside the allowed exemptions.

What is the ELD Mandate?

In 2012, President Obama signed the bill “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. A part of this bill included a provision requiring the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) to develop a rule mandating the use of
Dodge owners this one's for you
Published on: 12/08/2017
For years Strictly Diesel has repaired, serviced, and redone the 47-48 RE platform that comes in the Dodge 2500-3500 trucks from 1998.5-2007.

As of November we are now offering an overhaul/rebuilt unit from Strictly Diesel. These will now be done in house under our control and our warranty. We have grown tired of the "well my neighbor knows a guy" that can overhaul and or rebuild these units, As well as our big aftermarket manufacturers who claim to build a Heavy Duty unit, but come so far from that when it comes to the longevity of the unit. Strictly Diesel recently purchased a 1999 Dodge 2500 to R&D with. This truck had a "recent" overhaul and was the perfect candidate to back up why we have so much troubles with the inexpensive and expensive rebuilds and overhauls.

Our tear down and inspection of this unit found serious end play issues on the input shaft, excessive clutch pack clearances on all clutch packs, worn bushings, gasoline ligh
Barrel Racing World Champions Crowned in Waco
Published on: 10/29/2017
Lydia Butler
WPRA Permit Race Winner

Waco, Texas—The 2017 WPRA World Finals were held once again in Waco, Texas at the Extraco Events Center. World Champions were crowned in all the roping events (all-around, breakaway, team roping - header and heeler, and tie-down roping), junior division and the futurity and derby division.

Kelsie Chace was the big winner in the roping pen winning her first two world titles in the all-around and the breakaway roping. Chace of Cherokee, Okla., easily walked away with the breakaway world title after winning $27,879 on the year. Her closest competitor was Taylor Engesser with $9,859. The all-around title was a little closer and came down to her performance in Waco. She outlasted her good friend and mentor Jackie Crawford for the title winning $6,996 to Crawford's $5,741. Chace won the average in both the tie-down roping and breakaway roping at the World Finals.

Hope Thompson and Whit
The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Takes Silver at FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final at CSIO5* Barcelon
Published on: 10/29/2017
Barcelona, Spain - The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team finished strong on Saturday evening at the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final at CSIO5* Barcelona, claiming second over Belgium. After technical issues with one of the stadium lights that caused nearly a two-hour delay in competition start time, the U.S. team of Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward proved their experience and fortitude, finishing on a mere four faults. The U.S. team took home third in 2016, only to climb up the podium to second in 2017.

“Last year third, this year second. It was tremendous,” said U.S. team Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. “Beezie [Madden] is on a young horse, a new combination, and it is fabulous. Same thing with Laura [Kraut] – that is a relatively new combination and the other two [Hough and Ward], perfection. We knew we were coming with a good team. There is no question about that. We had four veteran riders out there, but the combinations themselves were relatively ne
Combined Driving National Championship
Published on: 10/29/2017
Lexington, Ky. – The final day and phase of the 2017 USEF Single Horse Combined Driving National Championship at the Kentucky Classic CDE proved to be a challenging test for the drivers and horses.

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Nifty Hamilton (Alva, Fla.) and Makari Design, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding owned by herself and Milton Hamilton, completed the cones course with 2.85 penalty points, but they could not be caught by the competition. Hamilton secured the title of national champion with a combined score of 143.31 points after the dressage, marathon, and cones phases.

Donna Crookston (Saltsburg, Pa.) and her nine-year-old Dutch Harness gelding, Viktor, were one of only three clear rounds in the cones phase of this division. With no penalty points to account for, Crookston advanced from third place to second place overall with a combined score of 151.94 points.

Leslie Berndl (Newcastle, Calif.) and her 16-year-old Royal
2017 Western Dressage World Championship Show: Honoring the Horse, Celebrating Successes
Published on: 10/29/2017
Parker, Colo. - The Western Dressage Association® of America is celebrating the success of its fifth annual Western Dressage World Championship Show.

More than 800 rides were held over four days, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK, with competitors vying for 79 world championships and 15 divisional championship belt buckles.

“Western dressage honors the partnership between horses and riders, and that was certainly on display at our World Show,” said WDAA President Ellen DiBella. “I was especially thrilled to see the riders in our Physically Challenged division.”

Three-time world champion Shawn Makepeace, who is legally blind, earned that divisional championship on her American Quarter Horse mare, Mosly A Rose. Volunteers held bright LED lights at each letter around the dressage arena, making it possible for Makepeace, of Belleville, IL, to discern the location of the letters as she rode her western dressage tests.

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US Equestrian Announces Erik Duvander as New Eventing Performance Director
Published on: 10/29/2017
Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Duvander as the new Performance Director for Eventing, effective October 16, 2017. Duvander joins US Equestrian with over 30 years of strategic planning and program development at the high-performance level.

Duvander transitioned from a competitive rider into a coaching role after representing Sweden at the World Championship and Olympic level. Since his transition, Duvander has coached teams and individual athletes to World Championship and Olympic medals. He has worked with the Japanese, Swedish, and New Zealand Equestrian Teams, including leading the New Zealand team to a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and a team bronze medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Duvander will use the depth of his experience to lead the U.S. Eventing Team as they prepare for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 next
Hutchins-Kristen Earns Wire-to-Wire Victory in USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship
Published on: 10/29/2017
Lexington, Ky. – The 2017 Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park saw impressive performances from the CCI1* competitors from October 19-21. The combinations headed into Saturday’s show jumping phase hoping for a strong finish. Bethany Hutchins-Kristen and Geluk HVF led from start to finish in the USEF CCI1* Eventing National Championship for the Richard Collins Trophy, while Elizabeth Scheltema and Bill Owen rose to the top of the leaderboard in the USEF CCI1*-JR/YR Eventing National Championship for the Harry T. Peters Trophy.

Hutchins-Kristen (Dryden, Mich.) and Geluk HVF, the six-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion she owns with her mother Marian Hutchins, began their winning weekend on Thursday by earning a dressage score of 42.2. A double-clear cross-country round over Jay Hambly’s course kept them in the lead on Friday. Hutchins-Kristen and Geluk HVF knocked one rail over Brody Robertson’s show jumping course to finish as the USEF CCI1* Eventing Nati
Morgan Horse Breed Celebrated In Oklahoma City
Published on: 10/29/2017
Shelburne, Vt. —The best of the best in the Morgan breed was celebrated at the 2017 edition of the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®, held October 7-14. Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world. More than 1,000 of the world's finest Morgan horses from across the United States and Canada met in Oklahoma City, Okla., to compete in over 300 classes for $400,000-plus in prize money.
Photo by Howard Schatzberg Photography

Matt Kwapich of Bernalillo, N.M., was the show's manager for the fourth year in a row, and, this year, Sally Plumley of Monmouth, Ore., served in the capacity of show chairman.

"We were so happy to have more entries than in recent years participating in a record number of classes," Plumley said. "From thrilling park saddle classes, to carriage, including a spectacular four-in-hand presentation, and 38 entries in the newly added ranch horse plea
Steer wrestler Duvall snares All American crown
Published on: 10/29/2017
WACO, Texas – The 2017 PRCA season didn’t go as planned for steer wrestler Riley Duvall.

A year after making his debut at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER and finishing eighth in the world standings, the Checotah, Okla., cowboy stumbled in 2017.

When the 2017 season came to an end Sept. 30, Duvall was 31st in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $50,041.

“It was a weird year in 2017,” said Duvall, 25. “I didn’t do as good as I should have and I broke a lot of barriers.”

Duvall isn’t fretting about his lost opportunity – instead he was celebrating a big win at the All American ProRodeo Finals on Saturday night at the Extraco Events Center.

Duvall stopped the clock in 4.6 seconds in the four-man finals to claim his second career All American ProRodeo Finals title.

“After not having a very good year (in 2017), I wanted to start off October good,” said Duvall, who won his other All
Pro Rodeo Stock of the Year awards unveiled
Published on: 10/29/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Last year’s top roughstock from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER made a big impression on the 2017 Top Stock of the Year awards.

The 2017 Pendleton Whisky “Let ’er Buck” Stock of the Year awards go to Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Wound Up for the Saddle Bronc of the Year, C5 Rodeo’s Virgil for the Bareback of the Year and D&H Cattle’s SweetPro Bruiser for the Bull of the Year. Wound Up was the 2016 top WNFR saddle bronc horse, while both Virgil and Bruiser were alternates at the 2016 WNFR.

SweetPro Bruiser was also the 2015 WNFR top bull. The 6-year-old, 1,900-pound bull never saw a cowboy stay on for less than 90 points in 2017 – and only two pulled that off. Roscoe Jarboe scored 91 on him in San Antonio in February, while Cole Melancon scored 90 on him in Caldwell, Idaho, in August.

“This doesn’t happen very often,” said Dillon Page, who raised Bruiser and also trained Powder River Rodeo’s Shepherd
Billquist honored as Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year
Published on: 10/29/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With more than 25 years of service and dedication to the health and welfare of rodeo livestock, Dr. Jerry Billquist has been selected as the 2017 Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year. Billquist will be honored at the PRCA Awards Banquet on Dec. 6 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.

"I was pretty overwhelmed," Billquist said about receiving the honor. "It's been something I'd have loved to win and I've been a finalist three times. We skipped last year (being nominated). I thought, 'Well, my window of opportunity has passed. 'But it didn't. It's really quite an honor."

Other finalists for the 2017 award were Dr. Benjamin Espy, San Antonio, Texas; Dr. Troy Ford, Clovis, Calif.; Dr. Gary Harbin, Ponoka, Alberta; and Dr. Michael Harms, Canby, Ore.

The Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year Award was created in 2010 to spotlight and honor veterinarians who are dedicat
WNFR contract personnel revealed
Published on: 10/29/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The contract personnel for the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER have been announced, and the lists feature some familiar names.

For the fifth straight year, the trio of announcers for the WNFR remains the same. Boyd Polhamus of Brenham, Texas, Randy Corley of Silverdale, Wash., and Wayne Brooks of Lampasas, Texas, will be on the microphone for the 10 nights in Las Vegas. It marks the 19th consecutive year Polhamus will announce the WNFR and his 22nd overall. It’s Corley’s 17th WNFR appearance, and the seventh of Brooks’ career.

Livestock superintendent John Barnes of Sutherland, Iowa, makes his 12th consecutive WNFR appearance and is joined by chute bosses Tony Amaral of Marysville, Calif. (timed event) and Tom Neuens of Powell, Wyo. (roughstock). Benje Bendele of Dublin, Texas, is the music director.

Sunni Deb Backstrom of Congress, Ariz., is the WNFR secretary, which marks the 12th year in
Make Plans to Attend the Celebration of Champions
Published on: 10/29/2017
The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) has joined hands with a new event sponsor, bringing a new twist to a well-known event. This year’s Celebration of Champions will be held prior to the section two Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 2, from 4 to 6 pm in the Super Barn.

The Celebration of Champions presented by Farnam® will feature food and beverages in addition to a surprise thank you gift for attendees (while supplies last). Holding this event prior to the crowning of the 2017 NRHA Futurity Champion could not be more fitting, and we can’t wait to experience the excitement and electricity of the exhibitors and spectators before the finals.”

“The accomplishments of the 2017 show season culminate in November in Oklahoma City. This special event is a celebration of all NRHA Futurity and Adequan® NAAC champions.

All NRHA Futurity ex
Gallo Del Cielo hits another Million Dollar milestone
Published on: 10/29/2017
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce a new Four Million Dollar Sire—Gallo Del Cielo. With offspring earnings totaling more than $4,001,770.00, Gallo Del Cielo is only the 10th horse to reach this historic milestone.

Gallo Del Cielo, commonly referred to as “Rooster,” was bred by Harold H. Stream III, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rooster stood at Polo Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma where he lived nearly all of his life. The 1989 Bay stallion was by Peppy San Badger and out of Docs Starlight (by Doc Bar). Rooster achieved NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2004.

Gallo Del Cielo’s top offspring include:

The Wizster (out of Miss Whizard Jac): NRHA LTE over $206,100
Lena Gallo (out of Heavenly Doc): NRHA LTE over $176,000
Chic N Roost (out of Dun Maid By Chic): NRHA LTE over $169,100
Ricochet Rooster (out of Tari What): NRHA LTE over $148,700
Roosters Wrangler (out of Hustlers Sugar): NRHA LTE over $125,600
AQHA Trail Challenge and Trail Ride Programs
Published on: 10/29/2017
Changes to the AQHA Trail Challenge and Trail Ride programs will allow AQHA the opportunity to develop programs that better serve the Association’s members and American Quarter Horses.

The Trail Challenge and Trail Ride programs will be discontinued effective December 31, 2017.

As the largest single-breed equine association in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association strives to deliver the best programs and services to our members and horse lovers across the globe.

It is important to continuously evaluate our efforts to ensure we are providing programs that create a positive impact on the Association and industry. As part of this process, program audits of all AQHA programs are evaluated by AQHA staff members and the AQHA Executive Committee. We recently conducted an audit of the AQHA Trail Challenge and Trail Ride programs.

These programs were originally developed to provide opportunities for AQHA members and nonmembers to further e
30-Year AQHA Show Record Smashed
Published on: 10/29/2017
Ellexxah Maxwell’s Zips Bossy Chip earns the most youth show points in AQHA history.

Maxwell can compete in youth classes until the end of 2019, making her 5,000-point goal achievable. (Journal photo)

Zips Bossy Chip has smashed through American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Van Decka’s 30-year record for the all-time leading youth horse by points. The record was set 30 years ago.

In 1987, at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, Van Decka earned his last point, ending his Hall of Fame show career with 4,270 youth points. In September, Zips Bossy Chip topped that record with 17-year-old owner Ellexxah Maxwell of West Mansfield, Ohio. Zips Bossy Chip has amassed 4,280 youth points.

“I bought her in 2011, and the first year was a bit of a struggle,” Maxwell said. “I was a green rider, and she was a green horse. It was difficult. I think, since then, we’ve learned the events together and it was a lot easier for us.”

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Arizona Farming & Ranching HallOf Fame Announces 2018 inductees
Published on: 10/26/2017
Eight member of Arizona’s pioneering agricultural community have been named to the 2018

Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame. This year all but one of the honorees are being inducted posthumously.

The honorees are: Living; Jerry Cullison –Yuma Valley; Posthumous; Basilio Aja – Buckeye; John Evans – West Valley; Kenneth Fooks – Chandler; O.L. “Mack” McDaneil – West Valley; Marianne Etchart Manterola & Jose Antonio “Tony” Manterola Sheep Company – Casa Grande; William “Bo” Warren – Casa Grande/Arizona City. and for Special Contributions to Agriculture; Dr. Lucis Nelson “Ben” Butler, DVM – Glendale.

Each honoree was chosen for their contributions in the fields of farming, ranching, Agri-business, education or science by an impartial panel of Arizonans with a diversity of backgrounds. They will be inducted at the 2018 Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame Honoree Dinner on March 3, the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. Each of their
Can I get an oil change please?
Published on: 10/26/2017
This statement is said in our service department on a daily basis. Can I get an oil change please? These words are more important than ever these days. With the newer emission legal trucks with (DPF’s) diesel particulate filters, this statement if more important than ever.

Although your manufacturer of your diesel pickup will tell you that you can go ten thousand or more miles between oil changes, don’t believe it. Sure additive packages in the engine oil we use have come a long way since the 80’s and 90’s, however, your engine and the emissions components on the truck you drive have changed as well. So why do the manufacturers allow higher mile oil changes?

Everyone is looking for the truck with the least amount of maintenance needed. In reality ALL of them need the same kind of maintenance. Here are some reasons why changing your oil more often will help you.

1. Less engine wear, which means your truck will last longer
2. Less frequent regens,
Crop Guardians: The Intriguing History of Scarecrows
Published on: 10/26/2017
It’s strange when you think about it: Straw, the same straw your horse or goat might sleep on. Lifeless straw. But tie some together in a humanoid form and it takes on a personality of its own. Scarecrows have been personifying straw for over 5,000 years. These human-shaped decoys have become the poster child for autumn, ushering in the falling leaves and cooler weather. How is it that our animal bedding first sprung to life, creating what we know today as scarecrows?

The first recorded instance of scarecrows appeared during the time of ancient Egypt. Instead of straw and clothes, farmers would secure nets on poles. This allowed them to easily catch pests attempting to prey on their crops.

500 Years later, the Greeks began using their own scarecrows. These crop guardians were made of wood carved to look like Priapus, their most hideous mythical character. The farmers hoped that the terrifying figures were so unsightly, no bird would dare venture near their crops.<
Equestrian Film Wins Top USA Award at Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival in California.
Published on: 10/26/2017
An equestrian documentary, directed by filmmaker Elaine Heney, has won the 'Best Documentary' Gold Award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival. The short documentary 'Steve Halfpenny', is based on the work of legendary horse trainer, Steve Halfpenny.

'It was an honor to able to tell the story of such a remarkable horseman.' Elaine Heney explained.

The film showcases how it is possible work with horses using the principals of 'Light Hands Equitation'.

'I wanted to film this documentary, as I believe Steve Halfpenny's 'Light Hands Equitation' approach is missing in many areas of the horse world today', Elaine added. 'Steve works with feel, timing, balance and relaxation. It's amazing to see how fast a horse can change when you connect with their mind'.

Elaine filmed this documentary over three weeks in the UK and Ireland this summer.

'The trickiest part of
An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home
Published on: 10/24/2017
Renowned songwriter, singer, and wife of Waylon Jennings writes an intimate, enormously entertaining memoir of American music, of life with Waylon and the Outlaws, and of faith lost and found.

The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race-car driver, Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock-n-roll pioneer Duane Eddy, whom she married. Colter became a successful recording artist, appearing on American Bandstand and befriending stars such as the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins, while her songs were recorded by Nancy Sinatra, Dottie West, and others. Her marriage to Eddy didn’t last, however, and in 1969 she married the electrifying Waylon Jennings. Together, they made their home in Nashville which in the 1970s, was ground zero for roots music, drawing Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, and others to the Nashville Sound. And Jessi was at the center of it all, the only woman on the landm
AzQHA Gives Away Dough to Show The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is determined to make horse sh
Published on: 10/24/2017
AzQHA Gives Away Dough to Show

The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is determined to make horse showing more fun and accessible to all horse owners, regardless of breed affiliation. The organization is offering a program in 2018 that rewards new members. Any first-time AzQHA member who joins in 2018 will receive $100 in “Show Dough” which can be used at any of AzQHA’s “No-Bling” One Day shows or at AzQHA’s Trail Challenges. Show Dough can be used to pay for stalls and/or entry fees. It can be used at multiple shows until the entire $100 is used. New members who have previously shown in AQHA classes at a No-Bling show are not eligible and Show Dough certificates may not be used at the Sun Circuit, The AZ Fall Championship or EMO Western States shows. The incentive is projected to bring in many new members to the organization and increase the percentage of those new members who show.

AzQHA holds three No-Bling shows each year. They are a wonderful way for new exhi
Three Million Tons of Horse Manure Used Bedding Finds a Solution
Published on: 10/24/2017
HiPoint Agro Bedding Corp (HPAB) is thrilled to have confirmation from the Amec Foster Wheeler Environmental study to efficiently recycle waste wood shavings through separation, drying, processing and packaging for reuse, with little to no emissions.

Wellington, FL, October 24, 2017 --( The Manure crisis of 1894 has returned again, in the backyards of Wellington, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County, Florida. WPB is among many locations like Calgary Alberta and Norco California that wherever a significant amount of horses and riders cohabitate for competition and sport, the waste bedding creates hundreds of thousands of tons of manure per region.

Over 120,000 tons in Wellington alone that HiPoint along with its partners Horizon 880 can now dispose of ...

The waste shavings are re-processed cleaned and pasteurized, like the milk you drink, then re-packaged for re-sale back to the same equine facilities healthier and better for horse and rider t
14 Sensational Reasons To Join Us At The Polo Party November 11th & 12th
Published on: 10/23/2017
These are just a few of the reasons the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships have been recognized as “the best polo event in the world” and have become the most attended in the United States.

It’s less than 3 weeks away. Get your favorite tickets, tents and tables today at

Here’s just some of what you will be seeing:

*Beauty & The Beast: Watch the world’s greatest arm wrestler, Travis Bagent (as seen on ESPN), take on fellow arm wrestlers and perhaps even you, if you’re brave enough.

*Savor the unusual culinary combo of fried chicken and champagne at Fried & Fizzy, a new pop-up restaurant with acclaimed Valley chef Michael DeMaria.

*Don’t miss church on Sunday thanks to a first-time, field-side service by Chuch Alive, an innovative and inclusive new Scottsdale congregation.

*Enjoy the Scottsdale Maserati Sunday Brunch during two matches on Sunday, November 12th

Paint Horse exhibitors shatter horse, entry and payout numbers during the 2017 World Championship Sh
Published on: 10/23/2017
FORT WORTH—Paint Horse exhibitors shattered horse, entry and payout numbers during the 2017 APHA World Championship Show in its September debut. The event was held September 20-October 1 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Over 1,100 horses were on display, generating more than 15,000 entries all vying for more than $800,000 in cash and prizes. APHA’s world shows haven’t cracked the 1,000-horse and 15,000-entry ceiling since the Youth World Show split from the Open and Amateur World Show in 2008.

APHA named 190 world champions over the course of 12 days, and held a total of 291 classes. Thirty-eight U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, Belgium, Mexico and Sweden were represented.

The show saw an increase in several key areas over the 2016 Open/Amateur World Show including Amateur Walk-Trot classes (up 51%), Open Halter classes (up 22%), Novice Amateur classes (up 19%), Amateur Solid Paint-Bred classes (up 17%), total Open classes (up
Published on: 10/23/2017
November 18th
8am to noon $5.00 each
SECOND ANNUAL FUN DAY AND ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF EVENT hosted by Superstition Horsemen's Association at Apache Junction AZ Rodeo Grounds
In the Arena: 10 Obstacles to practice on
In the Desert: Stimulating trail course
At Noon: Vote for your favorite Chili
Lunch and Beverages
Call for more info: 602-618-0699
Nativities of the World planned for November in Cave Creek
Published on: 10/23/2017
October 22, 2017, Cave Creek, Arizona – – Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will sponsor the sixth annual Nativities of the World fund-raiser on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday, November 26 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The nativity scenes, which will be displayed at Desert Foothills Library, will be on loan from local community residents.
More than 150 nativity scenes will be on display at the library, which is located at 38443 N. School House Road in Cave Creek, Ariz. The nativities, created by artists from around the world, will be on loan from local artists, collectors and families. The nativities are made from a vast array of materials – from fine porcelain to craft sticks, rocks, gourds and even banana skins. Some are so large they require their own table while others can fit in the palm of a hand. Admission is free, however the donation of non-perishable food or cash for the food bank will help those less fortunate.
“We hope our nei
Battle of the Sexes at Scottsdale Polo Event
Published on: 10/23/2017
“Battle of the Sexes” isn’t just a movie in theaters right now. It’s been a staple of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships since inception. This year will be no different.

Indeed, female power will be on full display throughout the event including on Saturday, November 11th when Melissa Ganzi leads her Aspen Valley Polo Club team that includes Ashley Busch and Hall of Famer Mike Azzaro versus the first time visitors from Monte Carlo. Then, watch the Women’s Sunset Polo Match to conclude a day that will include some of the best female polo players in the country.

And that takes us to Sunday when the first match of the day at 11:30a.m. honors the greatest female polo player of all time, Sunny Hale, who passed away earlier this year. We were honored she played in our event twice, including the inaugural “Battle of the Sexes” match that will be replayed to celebrate her life.
Hello, Mustang Trainers and Fans!
Published on: 10/23/2017
Are you ready for another year of EXTREME? Whether you plan on competing, adopting, or attending, we are very excited to bring two Extreme Mustang Makeover's to you in 2018 - Lexington, KY and Fort Worth, TX.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover 11 years ago to recognize and highlight the value of mustangs. Since then, 3,866 mustangs have been adopted through this program. In 2018 due to a decrease in BLM funding the Foundation has been faced with some difficult decisions. Thankfully, we have many successful programs and thousands of eager trainers, fans, spectators and supporters. Therefore, we have been working diligently to create a plan that would be the most productive and cost effective. We are excited to be returning to KY and TX, both of which were very successful in 2017 and will not disappoint in 2018!

With this in mind, we would encourage you to consider joining the MHF "Circle of Friends" to support the c
Award winning Road to the Horse 2018 Entertainment Lineup
Published on: 10/23/2017
There’s no denying, the galloping Remuda of 6666 Ranch bred colts are our Road to the Horse superstars but our entertainment lineup is running a very close second. Fans at Road to the Horse 2018 will have a chance to enjoy award winning performances throughout the event from these talented musicians.

Laura Green

I am a mother of three from Elizabethtown, KY. I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky. I worked in the country music industry in Nashville, TN, back in the 90’s but left to be a wife and a mother in Georgia. I returned to Kentucky in 2005. I ride and compete in Extreme Cowboy Racing with my three children, who are 18, 15 and 11. I have been honored to sing the National Anthem for the Extreme Cowboy Association’s National and World Championships on several occasions. I was honored as well to sing both the Canadian and American National Anthems at The Cowboy-Up Challenge at the 2014 Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta. As an American, a mothe
Junior NFR Champions to Receive Exemption to RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals
Published on: 10/23/2017
Eight champions from the Junior NFR will compete at
The American Semi-Finals February 14th-24th in Fort Worth, TX

(NASHVILLE, TENN. — October 19th, 2017) For the first time, RFD-TV’s The American and the Junior NFR, presented by YETI, have partnered to advance eight select champions to The American Semi-Finals. Since, The American’s inaugural year, exemptions have been presented to select organizations to bring their athletes to the Semi-Finals. Exemptions are special invitations that showcase elite rodeo athletes in their respective events and provides them the chance to compete in the Semi-Finals with a possibility to compete at “The World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo.”

The following champions from the Junior NFR will receive a Semi-Finals exemption:
KK’s Run for Vegas 16 & under Barrel Racing Champion
KK’s Run for Vegas 11 & under Barrel Racing Champion
Ote Berry’s Junior Steer Wrestling World Champion
Total Team Roping 16-19 Team R
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Ninth Round Performance Announcement
Published on: 10/18/2017

Following Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards
Nashville, TN - The newly crowned 2017 Rocky Mountain CMA Entertainer of the Year, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, announced today their Las Vegas return to perform the 9th round opening ceremony at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Friday, December 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The former saddle bronc rider turned singer-songwriter will be performing a song off his latest album, Rodeo Cold Beer, which debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Album chart and was most recently awarded Album of the Year at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards on October 13.
Earning the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Mountain chart, the ten song collection features tracks about love, en
Brandon Saxton: “Everyone Is a VIP at the World Equestrian Center”
Published on: 10/18/2017
In October 2016, the facility already touted as having the “largest indoor arena in the USA” wrapped up construction on The Sanctuary, a massive 210 x 350 foot, climate-controlled arena banked by grandstands and a VIP lounge/indoor shopping venue.

It’s considered the crown jewel of the World Equestrian Center Ohio.

In the year since, the enormous venue has played host to an equally ambitious competition schedule, featuring 28-plus weeks of horse shows, and been upgraded with a new digital video scoreboard and high performance fiber footing. Just outside its’ walls, the Roberts family-owned show park has gained four outdoor all-weather rings, multiple turnout paddocks and over 100 trailers in the Home Away from Home housing village. (Up to 500 are planned over five years.)

Oh, and there’s a tunnel in the works to connect the onsite neighborhood to the indoor complex without having to cross the main road.

Because at the World Equestrian Center,
20 Mile NY Trail Ride to Raise Awareness for 20 Veterans/Day Who Commit Suicide
Published on: 10/18/2017
According to the 2016 data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide. This alarming statistic solidifies the mental health crisis currently affecting vets who make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.

In raising awareness for the lives lost per day, Illinois non-profit organization, BraveHearts will host “Ride to Zero,” a twenty-mile trail ride around Manhattan that starts/ends in Central Park on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Beginning at daylight, the ride will feature five military veterans on horseback along with BraveHearts President/COO Meggan Hill-McQueeney and BraveHearts supporter and World Equestrian Games gold-medalist Aaron Ralston.

Watch this video:

“At BraveHearts we can see first-hand the changes that a horse can have on a veteran’s life,” explains Hill-McQueeney. “Trail to Zero is an opportunity for us to raise awareness around the veteran suicide cris
The Horny Toad to feature Arizona Gunslingers’ Cowboy Fast Draw
Published on: 10/18/2017
Wild West Days event to feature state’s top fast draw experts November 4 & 5, 2017

October 18, 2017, Cave Creek, Arizona – The Association of Arizona Gunslingers, members of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, will demonstrate shooting skills and assist event visitors interested in learning to shoot during Wild West Days at The Horny Toad.

The fast draw experts, who will be onsite at on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, will host a Town Alley event known as Come Try Cowboy Fast Draw, beginning at 9:00 AM both days. Town Alley is a safe, organized event for the public to try their hand at Cowboy Fast Draw. Visitors can test their skills for only $5 for 10 shots.

Cowboy Fast Draw is one of the fastest growing shooting sports and the closest thing to a real gunfight. The Arizona Gunslingers use real single action .45 caliber six shooters with a minimum barrel length of 4.5 inches but will use wax bullets propelled by a 209 shotgun primer. Th
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Releases Study on Gastric Ulceration
Published on: 10/18/2017
Lexington, KY –– Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, the oldest and one of the largest private equine veterinary facilities in the world submitted a study that was peer reviewed and published in the March 2017 Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, showing treatment with a polysaccharide blend reduced gastric ulceration in active horses.

Ten horses underwent gastroscopy for diagnosis and scoring of existing ulcers. For the duration of the study, each participant was administered 1 to 2 ounces of a polysaccharide blend. The study reveals that a polysaccharide blend of high-molecular-weight hyaluronan and schizophyllan, a beta-glucan, administered daily for 30 days demonstrates ulcerative healing.

Of the horses treated with the blended therapy, 90% showed complete resolution and/or improvement in ulcerative areas, increased appetite, weight gain, and positive behavioral changes. The study suggests that a polysaccharide blend represents a novel means to enhance gastric
Second Annual Fun Day / Annual Chili Cook-off
Published on: 10/18/2017
Obstacle Practice in Arena and Practice Desert Ride

On November 18, 2017 the Superstition Horsemen's Association will be sponsoring its second annual “practice” obstacle ride in the Apache Junction Rodeo Arena and outside the arena there will be a desert obstacle practice ride as well. Bring your horse and practice riding through all the obstacles as many times as it takes to get your horse accustomed to each obstacle! Obstacles in the arena will include the “Cowboy Curtain” the “Squeeze Box” “Barrels” to negotiate, the “Mail Box” and many more! The Desert Ride will be full of surprises for you and your horse! As many of us know who ride the Arizona desert, you just never know what you may run into out there!

The SHA is charging $5.00 to enter the arena and desert course. Opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at noon so that everyone can enjoy the chili cook off that follows!
A Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims pursuant to A.R.S. 12-553 must be signed
Why Equine Acupuncture is Gaining Ground - A look at the research
Published on: 10/18/2017
National Geographic released a minidocumentary, “Treating Animals with Acupuncture,”1 in early 2016. The video highlighted veterinarians learning acupuncture from one of the long-term equine practitioners in the field, Dr. Kevin May, who stated in the interview: “As far as the things we treat most often, [those] are the things that respond the most. So musculoskeletal problems, pain, nerve damage. … Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself. [That’s] pretty much it in a nutshell.”

A growing number of veterinary schools offer equine acupuncture in their teaching hospitals, including Colorado State University, the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis.

Illinois assistant professor Kara Lascola, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in a recent issue of The Horse discussed opportunities for healing that acupuncture brings to her patients. She stated, “I mainly use acupuncture to help manage chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal problems, such a
Insurance group announces first companion horse health coverage
Published on: 10/18/2017
Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group of Akron, Ohio, has launched veterinary care insurance for companion horses. Policies will be underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Co. and produced by C&F Insurance Agency Inc., a Crum & Forster company.

The company’s first policy was sold to cover a rescued miniature horse named Kachina at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio.

“Companion horse owners, like dog and cat pet parents, need a product like veterinary care insurance that can provide financial reimbursement when the horse gets injured or becomes sick,” said Dennis Rushovich, senior vice president, Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group.

The company’s ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Horse plan covers accidents, injuries, illnesses and more, and features simple reimbursement based on a percentage of the veterinarian’s invoice, the company stated. Coverage is currently available in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Equine Melanoma: Types and Treatments - What you need to know
Published on: 10/18/2017
Melanoma—cancer of the skin’s pigment cells—behaves quite differently in horses than in other species, including dogs and humans, and is most commonly, though not necessarily always, associated with gray coat color. In fact, it’s thought that something along the lines of 80 percent of gray horses are going to develop melanomas at some point during their lives.

Usually, melanomas in horses present as black lumps near hairless areas, such as under the tail, around the anus or in the sheath of geldings. However, enlargements can develop under the skin just about anywhere.

Most commonly, the tumors are benign, although malignant melanomas have been reported. Even benign tumors tend to grow and can almost completely disfigure the areas where they are growing. For example, it can be difficult to see or even find the anus in a horse with advanced melanoma.

Sometimes, the tumors can grow large enough to make passing manure difficult. Larger tumors burst and
Get horses, saddles and riders fit for performance
Published on: 10/18/2017
Horse saddles increasingly are a greater topic of interest in equine studies, especially how they relate to welfare, performance and safety issues for both horse and rider. Researchers are finding that serious problems can arise when these considerations fall to the wayside.

Saddle slipping can contribute to poor performance and lameness— something of a “chicken or egg” situation, as lameness can cause saddles to slip due to gait asymmetries and saddle slip can ultimately cause lameness. In fact, horses with hind leg lameness appear to be as much as 52 times more likely to have a slipping saddle than horses that aren’t lame. Usually, saddles slip on the side of the horse with the lame leg, and, as might be expected, saddle slip tends to be more pronounced when the horse travels in a circle.

Asymmetrical saddle flocking also can contribute to slipping. Saddle slipping is reduced when heavier riders ride lame horses, but when the saddle is the problem, heavier rider
Brush up on equine anatomy with new guide book - “Equine Anatomy Guide: The Head and Neck, an Illust
Published on: 10/18/2017
Need to brush up on your equine and large animal anatomy? Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has got you covered! Their faculty members of the university recently published two guides, called “Equine Anatomy Guide: The Head and Neck, an Illustrated Guide” and “Guide to Ruminant Anatomy: Dissection and Clinical Aspects.”

While the books are primarily for veterinary students, equine and large animal veterinarians will find the full-color illustrated dissection teaching guides useful in their practices.

According to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine website:

“‘Equine Anatomy Guide: The Head and Neck, an Illustrated Guide’ is authored by Dr. Mahmoud Mansour, professor in the department of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, who is also coordinator of the large animal gross anatomy section. Dr. Janet Steiss, professor emerita, edited the book and compiled it online for private publication. Dr. Paul Rumph, professor emerita,
Large animal diagnostic equipment changing equine health
Published on: 10/18/2017
The Pegaso, a CT made by Epica Medical Innovations, is changing horse health care at Virginia Tech

A new CT scanner that has been available for less than a year was a virtual game-changer for Nathaniel A. White II, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and the hospital faculty and staff at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

The scanner is the Pegaso, which is a CT made by Epica Medical Innovations.

Dr. White, a professor emeritus of equine surgery at the Virginia Tech, believes there are only two such units in operation in the U.S.—one at his school and one at Colorado State University.

“It allows us to see things we can’t see any other way,” White said. “It’s extremely helpful.”

CT on horses isn’t new, but the units until now had been designed for human medicine—not too accommodating for capturing images of a horse, he said.

The bore on the CT unit is big enough to accommodate a horse’s legs, neck or head, White
Mapping equine pain
Published on: 10/18/2017
Collaboration at UC Davis creates a system to assess the connection between horses’ facial expressions and their condition

Maheen Rashid, doctoral student at UC Davis’ Department of Computer Science.

Photos courtesy Maheen Rashid, UC Davis

All day every day 50 horses from the University of California, Davis herd are under surveillance. The observations aren’t intended to catch the horses engaging in exotic behavior; rather, they are intended to help veterinarians, students, technicians and owners detect expressions of pain on horses’ faces.

Like humans, horses exhibit involuntary facial expressions to communicate stress, fear and pain. Also like humans, animals can display those expressions in subtle ways, according to Claudia Sonder, DVM, of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“A change in the shape of the eye, the mouth or the nose can tell us whether the animal is in pain,” said Dr. Sonder. “So if we had a way to object
Why less is more when it comes to equine dental care
Published on: 10/18/2017
“… the emphasis placed on making sure that the horse’s mouth is attended to according to some preconceived notion is probably not as important as some people make it out to be”

Over the past three decades, care of the horse’s mouth has apparently become a huge concern. When I graduated from veterinary school, care of the horse’s mouth was the concern of an equine veterinarian and part of our overall job of taking care of the horse. However, now it’s become the subject of a good deal of controversy about who should be taking care of the horse’s teeth, how often, what constitutes “proper” care, etc.

From a scientific standpoint, much of what has passed for “routine” horse dental care—filing down sharp points, leveling the chewing surfaces, etc.—has been shown to be largely unimportant. That is, when researchers have looked at the results of routine procedures performed on horses’ teeth, they largely haven’t been able to find any differences in how the horses do befo
Boehringer Ingelheim unveils new equine brand platform
Published on: 10/18/2017
Boehringer Ingelheim is introducing a new brand platform: Unbridle Your Potential—health care products to help unlock the potential in each horse.

The company recognizes that the community that cares for horses day in and day out requires products that are trusted to perform, allowing each horse to achieve its potential; Unbridle Your Potential is about bringing out the best in everyone—veterinarians, horse owners, trainers, and horses, according to a Boehringer Ingelheim statement.

The Boehringer Ingelheim equine portfolio consists of:

GastroGard® (omeprazole) and UlcerGard® (omeprazole)
Vaccines including Vetera® and Calvenza®
A joint health portfolio that includes Legend® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution, Hyvisc® (hyaluronate sodium), Hyalovet® (hyaluronate sodium), Vetalog® Parenteral (triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension), Surpass® (1% diclofenac sodium) and Equioxx® (fir
Equine dietary supplements --- Factors to consider before doing the addition
Published on: 10/18/2017
“If horses are calorie deficient—not taking in enough fuel to run their bodies—they lose weight, present in poor condition, and may lack energy. These are problems that can’t be helped with any amount of supplemental vitamins or minerals.”

In the past few decades, the equine health market has seen a significant uptick of myriad supplements that purport to do just about anything that a horse might need—to support, enhance, or boost everything from hooves to intestines to joints to hair coat.

By definition, a supplement is something that is provided to complete something, to make up for a deficiency, or to extend or strengthen the whole. An entire generation of horse owners has been sold on the idea that various supplements added to the horse’s diet purport to do most or all of these things (as well as many others). However, considering that horses are well equipped to provide for all of their nutritional needs with good quality forage and water, such ideas shouldn’
Wildfire Smoke and Animals
Published on: 10/18/2017
As irritating as smoke can be to people, it can cause health problems for animals as well. Smoke from wildfires and other large blazes affects pets, horses, livestock and wildlife. If you can see or feel the effects of smoke yourself, you also should take precautions to keep your animals – both pets and livestock – safe.

Animals with cardiovascular or respiratory disease are especially at risk from smoke and should be closely watched during all periods of poor air quality. Look for the following signs of possible smoke or dust irritation in animals. If any of your animals are experiencing any of these signs, please consult your veterinarian.

Coughing or gagging
Difficulty breathing, including open mouth breathing and increased noise when breathing
Eye irritation and excessive watering
Inflammation of throat or mouth
Nasal discharge
Asthma-like symptoms
Increased breathing rate
Fatigue or weakness
Disorientation or stumbling
Arizona Fall Championship Sees Continued Growth
Published on: 10/16/2017
The 2017 Arizona Fall Championship held in Scottsdale, AZ September 20th through 24th proved once again that it is truly the “Show For Everyone” with a broad canvas of opportunities. The show offered a full schedule of Rail, Trail, Halter, Showmanship, Reining and Cattle Classes. It also expanded its offerings of Ranch classes with large numbers seen in Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Versatility Ranch Horse and Ranch on the Rail. An Interscholastic competition, youth scholarships and a Trail Challenge rounded out the myriad of equine experience. Total class entries increased by 500 over last year’s explosive growth, but the schedule and use of space was designed to accommodate everyone with relative ease. With blue sky, abundant sunshine, loads of fun and smiling faces at every turn, it’s no wonder this show just keeps on growing

The three indoor, climate controlled arenas at WestWorld were used to their highest potential during five days of stellar competition. Exhibitors show
$15,000 In Scholarship Money Awarded at Arizona Fall Championship
Published on: 10/16/2017
The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is passionate about youth and is committed to assisting future generations to rise up to the next level through education. The Ascent Scholarship Program, sponsored by Dr Joni Hegel, was established to be a mechanism to inspire youth to show in AQHA activities while simultaneously planning for their educational future. Participants must be an AzQHYA and Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) member and compete in at least one class at 2 of the 3 AzQHA No Bling shows to be eligible. Scholarship money earned by exhibitors is kept in a restricted account by the AzQHA, until they graduate from high school. Scholarships are then paid directly to the college, trade school or university that student attends. Over time, youth members can accumulate a significant amount for their educational goals.

The 2017 Arizona Fall Championship hosted two scholarship events on September 24 at West World in Scottsdale: an Interscholastic competition an
Jake Gorrell: Persistence pays off in the quest for Futurity gold
Published on: 10/16/2017
On his quest to win the biggest trophy in the sport of reined cow horse, Jake Gorrell has taken care of the little things with the hope that one day, the big things would take care of themselves. That's exactly what happened last night in Fort Worth when Gorrell marked a composite score of 657.5 (214.5 herd/218 rein/225 fence) on Plain Catty to win the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship and $125,000. Bet Hes Black, owned by C Ranches Inc and ridden by Zane Davis marked a 654.5 to bank the $90,000 reserve champion's check.

In Fort Worth, Gorrell knew he had a finals-type of horse if he could get him shown right.

"I never know what it takes to win it. It's persistence, consistency and trying to stay in the game. Usually if I can get to the fence work okay - because that's probably my better event - then I kind of have a shot sometimes," Gorrell said.

Gorrell and Plain Catty, nicknamed "Sparky," had shown in t
Arizona's Levi Jordan Competes at World's Fastest Gun Alive
Published on: 10/16/2017
Levi Jordan a Desert Hills man recently competed in the Fastest Gun Alive Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw in Fallon, Nevada where 249 entries shot it out in a 4 day competition to determine the Worlds Fastest Gun Alive. Levi who goes by the Alias Rodeo Romeo competed in the men's division with 159 contestants winning 4th place. He also won the Arizona State Resident Championship earlier this year which means he is #1 in Arizona and #4 in the World of Cowboy Fast Draw. Cowboy Fast Draw is a shooting association that embraces the romance of the 1880's old west. Participants are encouraged to dress period correct and the guns have to be single action .45 caliber Colt or Colt clone revolvers the same as the Cowboy period of the old west.

CFDA motto is Safety first, fun second and competition third. Cowboy Fast Draw is safe. CFDA has one of the most comprehensive safety training programs of any shooting game to teach new shooters how to shoot and follows the same safety
Jake Gorrell Pilots Plain Catty to the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship
Published on: 10/16/2017
What a year for National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Jake Gorrell, of Hanford, California. He achieved Million Dollar Rider status in August, and then rocked the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals fence work in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, October 14, scoring a stupendous 225 to clinch his first Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.

Riding Plain Catty (Bet Hesa Cat x Miss Plain Plain x Just Plain Colonel), bred and owned by Kevin Cantrelle, Raymond, California, Gorrell scored a total 657.5 on three events (214 herd/218 rein/225 fence).

"I knew we had to be big," Gorrell said, describing his feelings coming into the third phase of competition, the fence work. An early lead from eventual Reserve Champion Zane Davis and another Bet Hesa Cat-sired horse, Bet Hes Black (x Soula Jule Forever x Soula Jule Star) held up for the majority of the finals. Gorrell and Plain Catty were 17th in the draw. They took the lead and never relinquished
Shiney Outlaw and Sarah Dawson Claim Open Hackamore Championship
Published on: 10/16/2017
Marking huge scores of 222.5 in the reining and 225.5 in the cow work on Shiney Outlaw, Sarah Dawson took home the Open Hackamore title from the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Show and a check worth $8,120.

"He's a great little horse. He's easy to show. He's pretty much always good in the rein work and it's just drawing a cow that can let him go score big enough because he's huge down the fence," Dawson said. "It all fell in to place tonight. He was spot on in the reining and he drew a good cow and it just worked."

Throughout the reining, Dawson could feel just how good the horse was so her score didn't surprise her one bit.

"He felt like he was being good and he didn't miss anything so I knew that they were going to like him," Dawson said of the stallion. "He's a huge stopper. You can't hardly get him to not stop. You say whoa and he slides for miles and he does it every sing
Lanham Brown Wraps Up Intermediate and Novice Non Pro Futurity Championships on This Shiney Miss
Published on: 10/16/2017
Lanham Brown had to overcome a tragedy to be triumphant at the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, but with a little help from his friends, that's exactly what the second year competitor did. Riding This Shiney Miss, a horse that was gifted to him by Wagonhound Land And Livestock, Brown marked a composite score of 638.5 to be the Intermediate Non Pro Champion, the Novice Non Pro Champion and place third in the Non Pro for check amounting to $23,103.
"It's a great accomplishment. It's something that I've looked forward to all year although it's the journey, of training her throughout, that I've enjoyed the most. I'm really proud of this mare," Brown said.

The journey for Brown and This Shiney Miss (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Miss Hickory x Shining Spark), who was worked as a 2-yaer-old by Matt Koch and Matt Frederick, began a year ago when he got a call from Wagonhound Land And Livestock in Douglas, Wyoming.

"I'd g
Tammy Jo Hays Wins Snaffle Bit Futurity Discount Tire Non Pro Championship with Hat Six Keep Sparkin
Published on: 10/16/2017
Tammy Jo Hays collected her third NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Championship last night when she marked a composite score of 650 on Hat Six Keep Sparkin to win $20,359.

As the second to last rider out in the cow work of the 17 Non Pro finalist, Hays had to give it every thing she had to get by the eventual reserve champion, Laurie Richards, who had a composite score of 649.5. Richards and her mount Glitter N Glam won $12,528 for being second.

Having watched the cattle and seeing that they had a lot of gas, Hays and her trainer/husband Shawn Hays, developed a tactical plan that involved holding the cow at the end of the pen in the boxing, so that her gelding wouldn't run out of air once they got going down the fence.

"That went according to plan," said Hays whose 221 in the cow work was the highest score of the night. "The cow set up around the corner good for me. It was just a really good cow-it read right. When I made that fir
Amy Bailey and Callme Mister Mister Gallop Away With Non Pro Bridle Championship
Published on: 10/16/2017
Amy Bailey had never shown a horse at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Horse Show before, but she came to Fort Worth firing on all cylinders. Bailey marked a 291.5 on her gelding Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass x Travalena) to win the Non Pro Bridle and $3,792.
"I'm very excited about it," said Bailey, "I never went to Reno (where the show used to be held) because I couldn't justify making such a long trip for just one class. It was that, and it is so close the AQHA Worlds that it made it hard."

Bailey, Sparta, Tennessee, leaves her horse with trainer Robert Chown, Gainesville, Texas, year-round and describes herself as Callme Mister Mister's catch-rider.

"His heart is what makes him special," Bailey said of the gelding that gets called Hiram in the barn, after Hank Williams Senior's real name. "He tries so hard and will not quit. He can read the cow better than I can. Today I was ju
Myles Brown Wraps Up Limited Open Futurity Title on Miss Scarlets Cat
Published on: 10/16/2017
Something a lot like real good - that's how Myles Brown described winning his second championship at the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Riding Miss Scarlets Cat, Brown marked a 645.5 to win the Limited Open and $15,514. This win came just two days after the duo won the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open and $8,520 with a composite score of 651.

"It was fun," Brown said. "I was real happy with my horse. She was real good."

The pair started their finals in top form by marking the high score in the herd with a 218.

"I tried to do my job of cutting the cattle clean and in the middle of the pen. She read that cow so good and I thought I did a better job of staying relaxed, leaving my hand on her neck for the most part, and just letting her read that cow," said Brown who was helped by Boyd Rice, Robbie Boyce, Todd Crawford and Ty Brown. "They're the best help, bar none."

Brown mark
Brad Lund Guides Ima Smart Catt to CINCH Intermediate Open Futurity Championship
Published on: 10/16/2017
Life may be about the journey, but sometimes one stop along the way will eclipse all others. That's what happened last night in Fort Worth for National Reined Cow Horse Association Professional Brad Lund and the 3-year-old mare, Ima Smart Catt, when they won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity CINCH Intermediate Open Championship. Their composite score of 652 in the three events of herd work, rein work and cow work, earned them $30,000.

"This is unbelievable, but it really is about the journey. You start them as 2-year-olds and you really get to know them, and this mare, she's just got a big heart," said Lund, La Cygne, Kansas. "I'm real fortunate that I've had good horses all year and good help all year and very good owners."

Ima Smart Catt (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Patrona x Shining Spark) is owned by Renee Cudd. This is the first reined cow horse that she has ever owned.

"I'm so excited I don't know what
For The Record: All American ProRodeo Finals
Published on: 10/13/2017
ProRodeo cowboys of all skill levels compete in the All American Series, but only the Top 30 qualify for the All American Finals, which kicked off Oct. 7 and end Oct. 14 in Waco, Texas.

The All American ProRodeo Series serves two primary purposes: providing opportunities for newly professional and part-time cowboys to win more money at smaller rodeos and offering them a chance at a large purse at the All American Finals. Rodeos within the All American Series have added money of $30,000 or less, but the All American Finals is worth nearly half a million dollars.

The PRCA includes many members who rodeo in addition to working their day jobs, and as a membership organization, wants to make it potentially more profitable and prestigious for those cowboys to compete. The series also provides young and part-time cowboys with opportunities to compete alongside the top pros.

Contestants in the All American Series earn 50 points for each All American ProRodeo
National Finals Rodeo -- More money needed to burst the bubble this year
Published on: 10/13/2017
The price of everything goes up over time, including making the cut into the Top 15 of the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. From 2016 to 2017, cowboys had to earn an average of $12,538 more across all events to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

Although ground money counted for bull riding this season, it was not the leader for biggest increase in money needed to make the WNFR. Surprisingly, it was tie-down roping that made the biggest increase in total money needed to be earned in the regular season to burst the bubble, jumping up by $21,363.

The following is an event-by-event comparison of 2016 and 2017’s bubble-busting totals. (All of 2017’s totals are unofficial pending an official third party audit.)

Bareback riders had to win at least $19,316 more in 2017 than in 2016 to qualify for the WNFR.
• Bareback riding 2016: $66,798
• Bareback riding 2017: $86,114

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Buhler in, Simpson out of WNFR: Reigning team roping world champions
Published on: 10/13/2017
Header Levi Simpson and heeler Jeremy Buhler – will not defend their titles together at the 2017 WNFR. Buhler will be competing in Las Vegas as he finished No. 15 in the standings with $68,006, but Simpson was on the outside looking in as he came in 16th with $68,006. Charly Crawford finished No. 15 in the team roping header standings with $74,146.
Vazquez dominates at Turquoise Circuit Finals
Published on: 10/13/2017
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Heading into the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals, bull rider Joseph Vazquez simply wanted to cover a bull and see where the momentum carried him. Vazquez not only found what he craved, but he’s still digesting the biggest win of his young rodeo career.

With a two-head score of 169.5 points, Vazquez was the only bull rider at the Turquoise Circuit Finals to qualify for two rides. With two round wins and ground money included, Vazquez was the recipient of $8,882.

“It’s really exciting,” said Vazquez, 28. “It’s been three years coming. This third year it finally happened, so that’s really cool.”

No cowboy rode to the whistle in the first round of the Turquoise Circuit Finals, enabling Vazquez to take advantage of the opening. Drawing Honeycutt Rodeo’s Crop Hopper in the second round, Vazquez topped the bull for a weekend-best 88 points, followed by a clinching ride of 81.5 points atop Salt River Rodeo's Rio's Jagged Edge in
Published on: 10/13/2017
Madison Square Garden will host the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden Jan. 5-7.

The event will open the gate on the PBR's 25th anniversary season, and will be the season's first PBR Major.

Last season, 2016 Rookie of the Year Jess Lockwood went a perfect 4-for-4 on his way to the win and the early lead in the world standings.


Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden
Jess Lockwood
J. B. Mauney
Guilherme Marchi
Valdiron de Oliveira
Shane Proctor
Cody Nance
Robson Palermo
Fabiano Vieira
Paulo Lima

NEW YORK – The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will celebrate 25 years as the toughest sport on earth when the league opens its 2018 season in New York City for the 12th consecutive year. The PBR’s brand of thrilling, high-flying rides and jaw-dropping wrecks will buck into Madison Square Garden on Jan. 5-7 for the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.

The three
Published on: 10/13/2017
The PBR will introduce a new and exciting way to experience the toughest sport on dirt through a new digital network premiering January 1st.

The final regular-season BFTS events will be available online and on demand.

The Velocity Tour Finals and the inaugural PBR Global Cup will be streamed live and for free on and the PBR app.

PUEBLO, Colo. - PBR Fans, this past weekend we announced plans to bring you an entirely new way to experience PBR – The Toughest Sport on Dirt – through a new online digital network that will premiere January 1st. Initial fan response has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve fielded several questions that we’ll answer here, related to both the new network and changes to PBR Live for the rest of the 2017 season.

PBR Live 2017

For the remainder of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season, PBR Live will switch from a live to on-demand format that will allow fans to watch BFTS replays at 8am ET following
WPRA Barrel Racing 2017 Regular Season Comes to a Close
Published on: 10/13/2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado—The first day of October is fraught with emotions for all of pro rodeo’s full time competitors. The season is done and the positions at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) are set—there are no more runs to make or miles to drive.

For the ladies of the WPRA who spent the last month on the bubble, chasing the WNFR dream, Sunday meant finally a day to rest. For some, it was filled with relief and joy; for others, it brought disappointment.

In 2017 the fans of pro barrel racing were treated to an amazing display of horsepower and riding ability, coupled beautifully with graciousness and camaraderie. While only 15 are making plans for Vegas in just over two months time, probably ten more could easily have been in those spots.

In the final week alone, the bubble cowgirls all rose to the test. Ivy Conrado grabbed a nice check in Pasadena (TX) to hold the wolves at bay. Ari-Anna Flynn won second on her two final runs in Texas, t
The WPRA Honors Those Who Work Behind the Scenes in Rodeo
Published on: 10/13/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - As the 2017 regular season comes to a close this week, the WPRA is pleased to announce their contract award winners that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen and keeps the Association alive and well. Each winner will be officially recognized during the annual WPRA Star Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Grand Ballroom of the South Point Hotel and Casino.

The Lenora Reimers Heritage Award is given annually to an individual or group that has been a longtime supporter of the WPRA and works to continue the heritage of the Association. This year's recipient is Pam Minick. Minick has worked tirelessly her entire life in supporting the WPRA as competitor, through her work in the media, during her time on the Board and her involvement with the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

"I am honored to be selected to receive the Lenora Reimers Heritage Award," said Minick. "Supporting the WPRA has been something I have been p
The Road to the NFR Narrows in Final Week, Bubble Race Tightens
Published on: 10/13/2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado—For nearly 360 days, professional rodeo barrel racers have traversed the United States and Canada, competing in arenas large and small, earning precious dollars in the WPRA World standings in an attempt to be one of the 15 best at season’s end and earn a trip to compete in the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Las Vegas.

They’ve pumped tons of gas into their trucks, spent hours behind the wheel listening to music, books, news . . . anything to keep them awake. They’ve blasted the AC and the heater.

They’ve eaten way too much fast food while maintaining a strict, healthy diet for their horses.

They’ve rubbed ligaments on legs, doctored cuts and scrapes, stood exhausted, lead rope in hand while farriers carefully work on their horses’ feet.

Some have boarded airplanes, meeting friends and family in far flung places to step on a second horse to multiply their chances to earn money in a single weekend.
Pozzi Tonozzi Closing in on $2 Million
Published on: 10/13/2017
James Phifer

Waco, Texas—Last Saturday, two-time World Champion Barrel Racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi put a flourish on the end of her season with a win at the Wrangler Champions Challenge event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, wrapping up a weekend worth $9,188 and stamping her name in the program for the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). When the big event begins in December, Pozzi Tonozzi will make her 11th appearance as a contestant.

Just one week later, the Texas cowgirl put the first earnings next to her name in her quest for a 12th trip to Las Vegas as the 2018 season got underway at Texas rodeos in Hempstead and Rosenberg and—the biggest of all—the 2017 All American ProRodeo Series Finals held in conjunction with the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco.

The All American ProRodeo Series encompasses all professional rodeos in the nation which add less than $30,000 across all PRCA and WPRA events. Contestants must compete in at
Willard Arthur Rhodes
Published on: 10/13/2017
AQHA Director Emeritus Willard Rhodes passed away September 16.

Memorial donations can be made to the Willard Rhodes Scholarship Fund.

AQHA Director Emeritus Willard Arthur Rhodes, 97 of Southern Pines, North Carolina, passed away on September 16, 2017, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Born on October 18, 1919, in Bellingham, Massachusetts, to the late Arthur and Mildred Rhodes, Willard was a horseman. He had a love of horses from a young age and went on to be very active with the American Quarter Horse Association throughout the years. He loved sports but especially the Boston Red Sox. His career spanned from working in the family business with draft horses in the lumber mill to being one of the largest producers of cranberries and finally becoming a real estate developer.

In addition to his parents, Willard was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Shove (Lyman) and one brother, Norman.

He i
AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Program Rewards Owners and Breeders
Published on: 10/13/2017
AQHA honors the top Ranching Heritage Bred horses at multiple events throughout the year.

Ranching Heritage Breeders must breed and register at least five American Quarter Horse foals each year and must maintain a remuda of horses used on a cattle ranch.

The American Quarter Horse Association has had great success with its Ranching Heritage Breeder program and is now recognizing both breeders and owners with more than $7,500 at various events.

“The AQHA Ranching Committee wanted to recognize Ranching Heritage-bred horses that excel in competition,” said AQHA Director of Ranching Kim Lindsey. “These great athletes epitomize the versatility of the American Quarter Horse and we’re proud to reward their breeders and owners.”

The owner of the highest-placing RHB horse at the events listed below will receive $250, along with a specially created ranch horse trophy, and the breeder also will receive $250.

Events that award the highest plac
Raise Exhibitor Costs -- Changes Coming to AQHA Show Approval, Processing Fees
Published on: 10/13/2017
New show approval fees go into effect October 6, 2017, while the new processing fee goes into effect January 1, 2018.

The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee approved changes to show approval fees, which will go into effect for show approval applications received after October 6, 2017, and processing fees, which will increase from $5 to $6 on January 1, 2018. Until this point, fees have remained unchanged since 2012.

“I want to thank the show approval task force for taking on the challenge of studying our current show approval fees. The task force recommended lowering fees for AQHA shows under 500 entries, which affects the vast majority of our events and includes up to a 60-percent reduction for some,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “The Executive Committee recognizes the financial sensitivity felt by our smaller shows and adopted this recommendation to lower the fees for these shows.”

“The Executive Committee al
AQHA Introduces Halter Nomination Pilot Program
Published on: 10/13/2017
AQHA Executive Committee introduces a third option to compete in halter classes at the 2018 AQHA Select, amateur and open world championship shows.

October 10, 2017

The American Quarter Horse Association


As one qualifying alternative, the halter nomination pilot program allows owners to nominate their horses to specific 2018 AQHA world championship shows. (Journal photo)

The AQHA Executive Committee recently approved a third option to compete in Level 3 halter classes at the 2018 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) and 2018 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. The three qualifying methods now include:

Qualify by earning the required number of points,
Compete at a designated number of shows during the respective qualifying period (10 for Select and amateur or 20 for open) or
Participate in the new nomination pilot pro
AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year
Published on: 10/13/2017
AQHA and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association announce the 2017 speed-event horses of the year.

This year, the lone repeat champion was heel horse Zans Colonel Shine (“Colonel”), who is by Zans Diamond Shine and out of Foxy Angelo by Col J Jigger. (Dan Hubbell photos)

Five first-time winners were named October 10 as the 2017 American Quarter Horse Association-Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Horses of the Year. The top speed-event American Quarter Horses are nominated and voted on by the top 25 rodeo contestants in barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer roping, heading, heeling and steer wrestling.

The top three horses were named in each of the six categories. This year, the lone repeat champion was heel horse Zans Colonel Shine (“Colonel”), who is by Zans Diamond Shine and out of Foxy Angelo by Col J Jigger. Colonel is heeler Jake Long’s main mount.

Long enters his seventh Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris Ranger
Suzanne Rodgers Nelms AQHA Director-at-Large Suzanne Rodgers Nelms passed away July 19.
Published on: 10/13/2017
Suzanne was an AQHA director and director-at-large.

Suzanne Rodgers Nelms passed away at her home in Houston on July 19, 2017.

She was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 27, 1931. She attended Ward Belmont in Nashville and Finch College in New York City. She met Frank Nelms while he was attending Sewanee. After dating for several years, they were married October 7, 1950. Suzanne and Frank had a beautiful marriage of 66 years.

Suzanne lived life to the fullest. She always was the life of the party and never met a stranger. Suzanne had a great appreciation of the arts. She thoroughly enjoyed visiting museums all over the world and attending the symphony, ballet and opera. She was very artistic and spent countless hours painting. Her family is blessed to have many of her tremendous paintings. Suzanne was also an accomplished horsewoman. She rode gaited horses as a child in Tennessee and continued her love of the sport as she showed cutting horses in T
AQHA Raises Fees
Published on: 10/13/2017
AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines explains the reasoning behind the decision to raise fees.

By AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines | October 13, 2017

The Executive Committee reviewed the tentative budget during its September meeting and recently approved multiple fee increases that will go into effect January 1, 2018.

As the largest single-breed equine association in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association strives for excellence as a breed registry and to provide outstanding customer services as an Association.

To deliver the best service to our members and horse lovers around the world, it is necessary for AQHA to review the Association’s budget and make changes to maintain a strong financial position to support the future of our great Association.

Every year, internal staff develops a tentative budget prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, which is approved by the AQHA Executive Committee
2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Limited Champion: Katherine Peterson/Dually Judged
Published on: 10/13/2017
Katie Peterson can't put in to words what it feels like to be 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Limited Champion, but it's a feeling that she hopes will stay with her for a long time. Riding Dually Judged, Peterson had a composite score of 624.5 to take home $2,816 for the win.

Peterson works in inventory for Tractor Supply. This was just her first year to show cow horses and her second time to show Dually Judged.

"It's the allure of it," Peterson said of why she took up the sport. "I love going fast, I like the cattle aspect and I like the horsemanship that's involved. It's something that I've always really wanted to get into."

Peterson was nearly ready to quit riding horses altogether when her gelding of 13 years died of a heart attack. After giving herself a pep talk, she got online and found Dually Judged.

"I saw a headshot of this horse and I don't even normally like the red-ro
2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open Champion: Miss Scarlets Cat/Myles Brown
Published on: 10/13/2017
In his first attempt at Open competition, Non Pro rider Myles Brown achieved success that most people only dream of. Riding Miss Scarlets Cat, Brown marked 217's across the board for a composite score of 651 to win the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 1 Limited Open and $8,520. Brown also qualified for the Limited Open and CINCH Intermediate Open finals on Thursday, October 12; and the Open finals on Saturday, October 14.
"I was happy with her everywhere," Brown said of his reining run. "We just tried to go through there at medium speed because I wanted to save my horse for the finals. She's talented and she's real good-minded. She steals points - she had lots of eye appeal and style so I don't have to run the circles real hard or send her real hard to get plussed because she is so stylish. We got what we were hoping for which was to cruise her through there and be a 217."

A soft cow allowed him to keep the same momentum.
Open Two Rein Champion Call Me Mitch/Phillip Ralls
Published on: 10/13/2017
Open Two Rein Champion Call Me Mitch/Phillip Ralls

Call Me Mitch, ridden by Phillip Ralls, was calling the shots in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Two Rein class, marking a 439 to win the Championship and $3,080.

The run got off two a good start when the pair marked a 217 in the reining.

"He's been a really good horse and carries himself with a lot of presence and allows me to keep him on a pretty loose rein and he runs his circles pretty. He circled really good today, changed leads good, and ran and stopped really nice all three times and let me do it on a loose rein - I felt like he executed that very well," said Ralls, who was enjoying his first win in this class at this show. "Overall, I felt like his rein work was very solid."
The pair followed up with a 222 in the cow work.

"He's so cow smart and that cow wanted to be a little bit numb boxing so I had to get up there close and take a hold of him
Limited Open Hackamore Champion Daniel Sanchez/Workin Mans Blues
Published on: 10/13/2017
There's nothing about firsts that Daniel Sanchez doesn't like, especially when it is his first horse show class win at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. It was also his first time to enter the Limited Open Hackamore at the Snaffle Bit Futurity and it was his first time ever to show Workin Mans Blues. If those firsts weren't enough, he also won his first championship and $1,500 for marking a 280 (145 rein/135 fence).

"Getting this win on him really makes your confidence come up," Sanchez said. "It's awfully exciting coming down to Texas for the first time and getting this win."

Sanchez works for Justin Wright, Santa Maria, California, who trains horses for the owners of Workin Mans Blues (Yellow Roan Of Texas x Topi Chexx x A Cowboy At Heart), Michael and Jessica Draper.

"I've ridden this horse multiple times at the house and Jessica was bringing him here to show and I asked if she'd mind if I showed him too,&q
Hackamore Classic Limited Open Champion David Dillman/Playing With Rey
Published on: 10/13/2017
When David Dillman bought Playing With Rey in August of her 2-year-old year, his plan for the mare who'd had just a handful of rides, was to buy, ride and sell. When the youngster proved to be a quick study, the plan changed and just over a year later, she claimed the championship at the Limited Open Hackamore Classic to earn $2,742 for marking a 432.5 on three events.
Playing With Rey (Play Dual Rey x ARC Holly Cee Lena x Smart Little Lena) got her run off to a great start when she marked 145.5 in the herd work.
"This mare is really cow smart and really good on a cow. Everything was smooth. I cut good cattle and I had great help," said Dillman, Calhan, Colorado who went on to mark a 142 in the reining. "The reining was really good. She's really broke and steady and easy to show. She always circles good, she changes good and she runs really good to her stops but I didn't get her run to the stop as good as I'd have liked in the second stop. She&
Hackamore Classic Intermediate Open Champion
Published on: 10/13/2017
Cayley Wilson/Peptosboonshakalaca

Cayley Wilson hopes the exchange rate will work in his favor when he heads back up to British Columbia at the conclusion of the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity where he won big at the Hackamore Classic. Marking a 440 on Peptosboonshakalaca, owned by Jenta Madsen, Wilson won the Intermediate Open Hackamore Classic and $3,431 and was the reserve champion in the Hackamore Classic Open which was worth $11,201.
"It's a very exciting win. We go to a lot of these shows and there's a very good group of horses here so I'm tickled to be able to compete at this level against some really great horses," Wilson said.
In the herd work, Wilson felt that Peptosboonshakalaca was 'comfortable' when he marked a 148 to have the second highest score.
"It felt like I cut soft cows but everything worked out nice and he had a good look," Wilson said. "My help, Todd Bergen, Boyd Rice, John Swales and Mark Lu
National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Champions Crowned
Published on: 10/13/2017
Hackamore Classic Open Champion Shine Smarter, with owner Linda Mars (left) and rider Sarah Dawson.
Bridget Kirkwood photo.

Sarah Dawson Guides Shine Smarter to Hackamore Classic Open Championship

Marking a composite score of 442 and riding Shine Smarter, Sarah Dawson claimed her first Hackamore Classic Open championship and a check worth $14,562.
"I feel like I'm out here amongst my heroes," Dawson said after the win. "For that mare to shine like she did, and especially because she's five and this is her last big derby, to go out with a win like this, is very special."
Shine Smarter (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark) has been in training with Dawson from the get-go. She first caught Dawson's eye as yearling when she was making big moves in breeder Carol Rose's round pen. Earlier this year the mare was purchased by her current owner, Linda Mars, from Dawson's parents Cheryl and Richard Winte
CJ Shopbell Pilots Shes Playin Rey to Open Bridle Championship
Published on: 10/13/2017
Shes Playin Rey and CJ Shopbell made it two for two in the Open Bridle at NRCHA Premier Events in Fort Worth when they marked a 238 to win that class and $6,440 the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Back in February, the pair had won the same class at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

"This is exciting. She felt pretty with me. She'd been at home (at the owner's Gregg Lafitte's place since the NRCHA Celebration of Champions) so I didn't know what she'd be like," Shopbell said. "We ended up entering her late a couple of days before the prelims and decided to try it and it worked out."

During her reining run in the finals, the mare showed off her powerful stop.

"She stopped huge," Shopbell said. "She felt really good in her circles and was with me."

Shopbell knew he needed a big score down the fence get the win and didn't hesitate to let Shes Playin Rey (TR Dual Rey x Playin Acre x Playin St
Miss Scarlets Cat and Myles Brown Win Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Championship
Published on: 10/13/2017
Just two days after winning the Level 1 Limited Open Futurity Championship based on his preliminary scores, Myles Brown and his mare, Miss Scarlets Cat, earned the Limited Open Futurity title with a 645.5 composite (218 herd/207 rein/220.5 fence). The win paid $15,514. Brown collected another $5,500 for placing 8th in the CINCH Intermediate Open division. The Stinnett, Texas, non pro competitor will also ride Miss Scarlets Cat in Saturday's Futurity Open Finals.
Ima Smart Catt and Brad Lund Claim $30,000 CINCH Intermediate Open Championship
Published on: 10/13/2017
LaCygne, Kansas, horseman Brad Lund, riding Ima Smart Catt (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney Patrona x Shining Spark) for owner Cudd Quarter Horses of Woodward, Oklahoma, won the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity CINCH Intermediate Open Championship on Thursday, October 12 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lund and the mare, who he described as a gritty athlete with a strong work ethic, scored a total 652 (216 herd/220.5 rein/215.5 fence) to claim the top prize by a half point over the Reserve Champion, Bet He Sparks, owned by K & L Phillips LLC and shown by Clayton Edsall, Oakdale, California. Since 2010, NRCHA Corporate Partner CINCH has made it possible for the Intermediate Open Champion to take home $30,000.
2019 Hall of Fame Nominations
Published on: 10/13/2017
Submit your nominations for inductees to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

The time has come to nominate men, women and horses for the Class of 2019, which will be inducted at the 2019 Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, supported by the American Quarter Horse Foundation, honors the horses and people who have transformed the American Quarter Horse industry. Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors of our industry, and the time has come to nominate influential horses and people for the Class of 2019, which will be inducted at the 2019 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Nominations are due December 1, 2017.
When nominating, it is important that as much pertinent information as possible be included about each person or horse.
Personal knowledge of the nominee’s related background, activities and accomplishments are essential for an effective review.
A few
Making Your Forage Last
Published on: 10/13/2017
Everyone has to store their hay at some point. Maybe your pasture grass is covered in snow or maybe you found an excellent deal on Standlee forage and wanted to stock up. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with storing your feed. But there’s everything wrong with storing your feed incorrectly. In fact, improper storage techniques can actually lead to serious health problems for your horse as well as a lot of wasted forage. On the other hand, storing your forage the right way can drastically help it retain its longevity and much of its nutritional value.

Water and Rats
Water. The very mention of the word sends shivers down your forages’ fibrous spines. In fact, water is public enemy #1 when it comes to storing your feed. When hay gets wet, it can develop mold and other potentially harmful organisms. This mold can cause skin allergies and respiration problems for your horse. If mold is ingested, it can lead to all sorts of problems including respiratory, gastrointestinal, n
Lyle Lovett receives the 2018 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
Published on: 10/13/2017
For Immediate Release – October 12, 2017 – Oklahoma City, Okla. - In 2007, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Committee initiated the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, supported by the Reining Horse Foundation. This award is named after legendary reining horse trainer known as the “father of reining,” Dale Wilkinson, the first inductee into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Wilkinson is a multiple NRHA Futurity champion and one of the founding members of the National Reining Horse Association. In addition, during his lifetime, he was an educator, promoter and mentor to all reiners - professional and non pro - of how a rider should conduct themselves, train and exhibit a horse. Because of his unmatched lifetime of accomplishment in reining, it is entirely appropriate that the NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award be named for Dale Wilkinson.

The 2018 recipient of the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award is Lyle Lovett of Spring, Texas. The reno
You Whipper Snappers, Is that a Tear in your Eye, and Show Some LOVE…..
Published on: 10/10/2017
WELL Arizonian’s….…. We did it!!! We made it thru another scorcher / Monsoon season… Quite the summer wasn’t it?? Pretty freakin hot!!! First summer I seen it break 120, but at least this year, I did get to see it! I experienced it!! I LIVED THRU IT!!!! GLOBAL WARMING!!! Yeah…. Tell that to John Coleman LOL…. What’s funny is, we haven’t hit over 120 since I moved here in 92…. Last 120+ day AZ has seen was in 1990! That was 27 years ago if I’m doing my math correctly… If “Global Warming” is really happening, shouldn’t we have hit 120 every year since??? Who’s nuts??? AND…, who’s feeding us a line of baloney?? Anyway’s, back to my story… When I’m 80, I’ll now have a story to tell them green ears… Them whipper snappers… Them youg’ns, as we sit around a table and I talk smack to them … “You remember that summer of 2017?? Hell no you don’t! You were in diapers and in the A/C kid… Whooooo BOY….. That was a hot one!! You sissy’s complain way too much today…. You have NO IDEA how good you got

Horse Health

Are You Feeding the Right Forage?
Published on: 09/22/2017
Horses come with a lot of important choices. For instance, should you let your niece name your new filly? She doesn’t really look like a “Princess JollyRancher Mcpuffins,” but it could probably work. Then there are the really important choices, like what type of forage is ideal for your horse. In fact, forage is the single most important ingredient in a horse’s diet, even compared to grains and supplements. In this email, we’ll help you understand which factors are important when evaluating forage for your horse.

Forage Types
There are several different types of plants that can be used for horse forage. Horses can also eat multiple types of forage assuming they’ve adapted properly. Forage can roughly be divided into 2 types: legumes and grasses. Legumes commonly include alfalfa and clover. Grasses consist of plants like timothy grass, orchard grass and blue grass. The trick is matching up which forage type best meets your four-legged friend’s needs. Performance ho
Equine PET Scanning Marks First Anniversary
Published on: 09/22/2017
In August 2016, the UC Davis VMTH became the first veterinary hospital in the world equipped with a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner to image horses. It has been a busy and productive first year for this unique program. A total of 53 scans were performed, including 26 scans on research horses and 27 scans on equine patients. Over the past year, UC Davis radiologists have continually collaborated with the creators of the PET scanner, BrainBiosciences, Inc., as this work is influencing future veterinary applications of PET.

Data was presented at multiple national and international conferences, including a keynote session at the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) Annual Scientific Meeting, scientific abstracts at the European Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Conference and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, and an invited talk at the Lake Tahoe Equine Conference. Manuscripts presenting the pilot data have been published in Veterinar
Controlling Parasites in Horses, Without Contributing to Resistance
Published on: 09/22/2017
For horse owners in parasite-prone areas of the country such as the Southeast, their deworming program could be teetering on the fence of responsibly controlling parasite burden or unintentionally contributing to parasite resistance.

Within temperate environmental conditions that are key for parasite survival, horse owners may be tempted to deworm every few months in an attempt to reduce their horse’s parasite risks; however, by deworming every few months, horse owners can inadvertently do more harm than good — increasing the horse’s risk for parasite resistance. When parasites are overexposed to certain active ingredients, they can become resistant, leaving fewer effective treatment options.

To determine prevalence of anthelmintic (deworming treatment) resistance, a 2004 study examined 786 horses on 44 farms across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky and Louisiana. Fecal egg count reduction tests were conducted, and results demonstrated farms with anthelm
Use of Fetal Stem Cells in Equine Rehabilitation
Published on: 09/20/2017
Despite the introduction of stem cell therapy to the equine industry and the barrage of success stories following in its wake, many questions continue to plague equine researchers, veterinarians, and owners of injured horses.

Further, harvesting stem cells derived from fetal tissues does not involve an invasive procedure and can be used immediately in sick foals or saved for later use.For example, from where should stem cells be harvested, bone marrow or adipose tissue? Should stem cells be cultured, should a commercial kit be used so that stem cells can be injected quickly into the horse, or should a combination of both be employed? Would fetal-derived stem cells be a better option?

“Stem cell therapy has become a common treatment modality for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries in horses, including bowed tendons. Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon, among others, are notoriously challenging to heal, require months of lay-up, and are prone to rein
Horse Health: Vaccination Woes
Published on: 09/20/2017
Every year, hundreds of horses die from illnesses that could have been prevented through vaccination. Saddened and frustrated by the needless loss of horse lives, one group of researchers* created a survey to find out what’s stopping owners from vaccinating against preventable diseases.

Based on the results of that survey, the key reasons owners declined recommended vaccines included:

Concerns regarding the safety of vaccines and the potential for vaccine reactions, including death;
Cost of the vaccines; and
Lack of perceived risk of infection, making vaccination unnecessary.
In addition, some respondents suggested a financial arrangement between the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the vaccine and veterinarians who administer it (and thereby benefit financially).

In the United States, rabies, tetanus, the Eastern and Western equine encephalitis viruses (EEE and WEE, respectively), and the West Nile virus (WNV) all fall under the
Vaccinating Horses Against Leptospirosis
Published on: 09/20/2017
While not considered a core vaccine by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, vaccination against leptospirosis could benefit many horses, and omega-3 fatty acids can help a horse’s immune system respond maximally to such a vaccine.

Vaccination resulted in the production of antibodies against leptospira bacteria in horses, regardless of whether they had or had not been previously vaccinated.“Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease capable of causing multiple problems, including kidney damage, reproductive losses such as early embryonic death and stillbirths, as well as equine recurrent uveitis or moon blindness,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., of Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

In 2015, the first equine-specific vaccine for leptospirosis was introduced to the market. According to a recent study on leptospirosis in horses*, owners continue to doubt the safety and efficacy of certain equine vaccines for various reasons, including presumed lack of effica
Stress of Weaning Impacts Digestive Health of Foals
Published on: 09/20/2017
Had a stressful day? As taxing as it was, your anxiety was probably nothing compared to the stress foals experience during the weaning process. According to new research*, weaning is one of the most stressful events in a horse’s life.

Weaning affects physiological, nutritional, and cognitive-behavioral responses. Regardless of technique, weaning commonly results in:

Increased frequency of vocalizations;
Increased general motor activity during the first few days;
Altered feeding and sleeping patterns;
Irritability, anxiousness, and aggressiveness;
Suspension of normal play behavior;
Elevated glucocorticoid (stress hormone) levels; and
Weight loss, performance decline after weaning, and higher risk of infectious diseases.
“Based on the study by Mach and colleagues, increased circulating stress hormones can negatively impact the gastrointestinal tract of foals during weaning. Specifically, those hormones could alter the intestinal m
How do horses process excess protein?
Published on: 09/20/2017
Does protein digestion differ in horses of different ages? Does excess protein lead to thyroid problems?

As you know, protein plays an integral role in growth, muscle development, and performance. Too little protein can stunt growth, affect muscle function, alter hormone function, and reduce nutrient transport.

On the other hand, too much dietary protein increases ammonia output and adversely affects respiratory health, disrupts acid-base balance, and can potentially decrease bone mineralization. Excess nitrogen resulting from protein metabolism is excreted as urea in urine. The higher protein content causes an increase in water consumption, leading to more frequent urination. This is evidence that protein is not stored in the body for later use like fats and carbohydrates.

Many factors are involved in the calculation of protein requirements, including digestibility of protein, amino acid content of protein, protein to energy ratio of the diet, and age
Add Fat for Weight Gain, Coat Condition in Horses
Published on: 09/20/2017
Despite its scarcity in a horse’s natural diet of forage, fat has proven to be a useful additive in equine rations for two primary reasons: to bump up energy and to boost coat condition. Fat may be offered in one of three ways, and horsemen often choose the method best suited to their management scheme.

Many horsemen prefer stabilized rice bran over vegetable oil because it’s a cleaner supplement to feed.Feed a high-fat concentrate. Feed manufacturers sell high-fat feeds for various classes of horses. In particular, products designed especially for performance and senior horses often contain high levels of fat. Many high-fat feeds have 10 to 12% fat, and occasionally 14% fat is included.

“In these feeds, fat is used as an energy source, just as starch and fermentable fibers such as soy hulls and beet pulp are,” said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutrition advisor for Kentucky Equine Research (KER). “A mixture of energy sources fuels performance and weight gain eff
When It's Time to Change a Horse's Feed
Published on: 09/20/2017
Feed manufacturers provide horse owners with an assortment of products to choose from, most of which are formulated to support a certain life stage or activity. When a horse’s life changes, so too should its diet.

All feed changes should be made little by little over the course of 10-14 days. Imagine these scenarios: a high-level Hanoverian mare sustains an injury requiring rest and the owner decides instead to put her in foal; a pasture-puff Quarter Horse comes out of retirement to serve as a youngster’s backup polo pony; a Standardbred pacer departs from the track to become an occasional driving companion; a roly-poly Arabian mare leaves the broodmare band to begin training for endurance competitions.

The horse in each scenario is transitioning from one job to another, and with each switchover energy requirements should change. The Hanoverian mare and Standardbred pacer will likely require less energy and therefore less concentrate, whereas the Quarter Horse and
Changes in Horse Manure Consistency
Published on: 09/20/2017
Loose manure and diarrhea in horses typically stem from one of three causes: antibiotic therapy, diet, or disease. Because of excessive water loss associated with diarrhea, affected horses can become dehydrated and have other problems, so horse owners should investigate changes in manure consistency immediately, calling in a veterinarian if necessary.

Because microbes in a horse’s gut become accustomed to a consistent diet, dietary changes can have a profound effect on manure consistency.Antibiotics are a well-known trigger for loose manure because they eliminate many of the innate and beneficial microorganisms that reside in the horse’s hindgut.

In a recent study*, researchers concluded that “antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) is attributed to the disruption of the normal flora of the hindgut, permitting proliferation of pathogenic microbes.” In the study, not all horses were affected similarly.

Providing a probiotic supplement anytime antibiotics a
Is Nutrient Digestibility Affected by Antibiotic Use in Horses?
Published on: 09/20/2017
This experiment was designed to test whether chronic administration of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (SMZ) affects digestibility in mature horses.

Four horses were divided into two groups and fed a complete pelleted diet either with or without SMZ for a four-week period. During the last five days of the period, both feed and feces were sampled and analyzed for chemical content.

Chronic SMZ supplementation did not affect the digestibility of any of the nutrients measured in this study. None of the horses showed any signs of digestive upset while receiving the SMZ.

This report of KER's 1993 research was published in Proceedings of the 13th Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society Symposium.
Blindfolding Horses: Help for Neurologic Diagnosis
Published on: 09/20/2017
Equine researchers* recently suggested that blindfolding horses can be a powerful tool for veterinarians when differentiating between lameness and neurological diseases resulting in abnormal gaits.

Researchers found that blindfolding caused a measurable exacerbation of gait abnormalities in ataxic horses.According to the group of European researchers, “The ataxic horse remains a challenge, especially when the clinical signs are mild to moderate. Even experienced clinicians disagree on the subjective assessment of gait and assignment of ataxia severity grades, as well as whether the gait of a horse is normal or ataxic.”

Clearly, distinguishing between a lame horse and one suffering from a neurological condition must be made in order to institute appropriate treatment strategies, and assess disease progression and response to treatments.

Based on research in human patients, walking while blindfolded exacerbates clinical neurological signs and helps locali
Weight Changes in Racehorses: Season and Sex Differences
Published on: 09/20/2017
Trainers expect body weight changes in Thoroughbreds as fitness ebbs and flows through conditioning and racing cycles, but few would anticipate fluctuations in weight based on season or sex. A recent study suggests that body weights of racehorses vary from season to season, and differences in energy metabolism might exist between sexes*.

Regardless of their causes, weight changes may affect performance, soundness, and longevity.Seasonal weight changes have been investigated in some equine populations. Because of forage availability, wild horses experience seasonal weight fluctuations, gaining weight as grass greens in the spring and grows through fall, and losing weight as grass dies off. Further, Kentucky Equine Research recorded body weight and condition changes in mares and foals based on foaling month, season, and gender**. While this knowledge is well documented, few studies have explored seasonal weight fluctuations of stabled performance horses with consistent access
How Stressful Are Competitions for Horses?
Published on: 09/20/2017
How do horses handle stressful situations, such as traveling long distances, mixing with strange horses, and competing at unfamiliar venues?

One group of researchers recently asked this exact question and conducted a study to measure cortisol levels in saliva in horses during competitions away from home.

“Cortisol levels are widely used as indicators of stress. In horses, cortisol levels increase following both physical and psychological stressors such as transport, exercise, and competition,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Using saliva as a humane and noninvasive source of cortisol, the researchers collected samples from 126 dressage horses and showjumpers both at home and at three separate competitions. The relationship between the horses’ scores at the competitions and cortisol concentrations measured at each event was measured.

Key findings of the study were:

Cornell cardiologists calm horses’ fluttering hearts with new treatment
Published on: 09/19/2017
ITHACA, N.Y. – When traditional treatments for atrial fibrillation (AF) fail, a new procedure offered by cardiologists at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides an alternative way to reset the quivering heart of a horse back to its normal heartbeat: transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC).

“I’m very excited to be able to offer this procedure,” said Dr. Bruce Kornreich, associate director of the Feline Health Center and staff cardiologist. “AF is a very common condition in horses that we’re often asked to diagnose and treat. This is another tool in our toolbox to convert these patients back to a normal heart rhythm.”

TVEC, which involves placing electrodes in the heart to reset its rhythm with an electric shock, was offered by the Cornell University Equine Hospital until about five years ago when the hospital could no longer purchase catheters needed for the procedure. Recently, the catheters came back onto the market.

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Cornell cardiologists calm horses’ fluttering hearts with new treatment
Published on: 09/14/2017
ITHACA, N.Y. – When traditional treatments for atrial fibrillation (AF) fail, a new procedure offered by cardiologists at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, provides an alternative way to reset the quivering heart of a horse back to its normal heartbeat: transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC).

“I’m very excited to be able to offer this procedure,” said Dr. Bruce Kornreich, associate director of the Feline Health Center and staff cardiologist. “AF is a very common condition in horses that we’re often asked to diagnose and treat. This is another tool in our toolbox to convert these patients back to a normal heart rhythm.”

TVEC, which involves placing electrodes in the heart to reset its rhythm with an electric shock, was offered by the Cornell University Equine Hospital until about five years ago when the hospital could no longer purchase catheters needed for the procedure. Recently, the catheters came back onto the market.

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Fall Equine Wellness: What Your Horse Needs
Published on: 09/11/2017
Administer booster vaccinations and target deworming treatments to help protect your horse’s health.

With fall approaching, it is important that you help protect your horse from emerging risks, such as equine influenza virus, equine herpesvirus (EHV) and parasites.

“If you have a horse that travels for fun or competition, it’s recommended that he be vaccinated twice a year against equine influenza and equine herpesvirus to help boost his immunity,” said Kevin Hankins, DVM, senior veterinarian, Equine Technical Services for Zoetis. “For horses at increased risk, I always suggest they booster Fluvac Innovator in the fall.”

While annual spring vaccinations help offer disease protection and can activate an immune response, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) vaccination guidelines recommend at-risk horses be vaccinated for equine influenza and equine herpesvirus, also called rhinopneumonitis, every six months.1

How do yo
Dental Issues and Weight Gain in Aged Horses
Published on: 09/11/2017
Equine odonotoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) is characterized by diseased dental structures and an overproduction of cementum on the exterior of teeth. Cementum is a calciferous material that normally covers the root of the tooth. As the disease progresses, teeth become inflamed and often infected, leading to severe dental problems, pain, and inappetence. EOTRH is generally diagnosed in horses over 15 years of age.

Horses with EOTRH often have diseased or missing incisors, which can make grazing impossible, thus elevating the need for alternative forage sources.The diagnosis of EOTRH makes formulating a nutrition plan for horses difficult, but the goal of weight gain starts with a single premise: increase digestible energy needs to be greater than energy expenditure.

When encouraging weight gain, it is important to make sure horses have adequate forage in front of them at all times. Horses require a minimum of 1.5-2% of their body weight in f
Color of Horse Hay: What Does It Mean?
Published on: 09/11/2017
Methods of curing and storing hay greatly influence its appropriateness for horses.

Other factors also affect hay quality including plant type (grasses versus legumes), stage of maturity, leaf-to-stem ratio, and presence of mold, weeds, and other foreign material.The key to properly cured hay lies predominantly in moisture content. For best results, hay should not be baled until there is less than 20% moisture. Hay baled too wet might mold, heat, and pose a fire risk. Conversely, hay baled too dry might lose its nutritional value through broken or fallen leaves. Rain is the bane of a hay harvester’s existence, and it can cause extensive nutrient losses, especially to vitamins A and E, protein, and certain carbohydrates.

Though the color of hay is not the end-all, be-all method for determining hay quality (that would be forage analysis by a laboratory), color is a useful indicator of nutritive value.

Green. Without question, the most desirable color of h
Support Skin, Hooves in Horses with Cushing's
Published on: 09/11/2017
Horses with Cushing’s disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, PPID) frequently have abnormalities associated with their integumentary system. In addition to stereotypical changes in hair coat, such as overgrowth or hirsutism, and poor hoof quality and laminitis, many horses with PPID have an increased risk of developing skin infections.

Cushingoid horses can develop a variety of skin conditions, including infections.Because of the abnormal hormone levels circulating in a PPID-affected horse’s body, most notably the stress hormone cortisol, the overall health of the skin as well as the immune system’s ability fight off infection are compromised.

Cushingoid horses can develop a variety of skin conditions, including infections. As recently reported*, one Fjord gelding diagnosed with PPID developed a mycetoma caused by the bacterium Aspergillus terreus. The mycetoma presented as a chronic, spreading growth on the face of the Fjord with draining tracts and gran
Use of Fetal Stem Cells in Equine Rehabilitation
Published on: 08/26/2017
Despite the introduction of stem cell therapy to the equine industry and the barrage of success stories following in its wake, many questions continue to plague equine researchers, veterinarians, and owners of injured horses.

Further, harvesting stem cells derived from fetal tissues does not involve an invasive procedure and can be used immediately in sick foals or saved for later use.For example, from where should stem cells be harvested, bone marrow or adipose tissue? Should stem cells be cultured, should a commercial kit be used so that stem cells can be injected quickly into the horse, or should a combination of both be employed? Would fetal-derived stem cells be a better option?

“Stem cell therapy has become a common treatment modality for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries in horses, including bowed tendons. Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon, among others, are notoriously challenging to heal, require months of lay-up, and are prone to rein
Help for Heaves in Horses
Published on: 08/26/2017
Inflammatory airway disease in horses, often referred to as heaves, robs horses of their potential as athletes. Subtle signs mark the onset of disease—the occasional cough, an intermittent wheezing, a nearly imperceptible change in stamina. The progressive nature of heaves eventually leaves many horses with exercise intolerance so severe that a career change or retirement is necessary, though this doesn’t typically occur for years after diagnosis.

Though a veterinarian should be the first-call professional in dealing with chronic heaves or respiratory issues of any kind, a simple dietary change may help keep acute episodes from occurring.Researchers have confirmed that severity of disease signs coincide with significance of airway inflammation on endobronchial biopsy. In a study* conducted at the Université de Montréal, Canada, researchers studied 18 horses, 6 of which were healthy and 12 of which had heaves. Of the 12 horses with heaves, 6 were not showing clinica
Managing Insulin Dysregulation and Obesity in Horses: Beyond Diet
Published on: 08/26/2017
Researchers recently identified a specific type of protein called glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) as a potential therapeutic target for horses with insulin dysregulation. By blocking the action of GIP, equine scientists hope that insulin levels can be better controlled which, in turn, will help control obesity and limit laminitis.

In live horses, GIP concentrations circulating in the bloodstream were higher in horses with increased body condition and cresty neck scores.“Insulin dysregulation refers to various abnormalities in insulin metabolism, including abnormally high circulating levels of insulin and insulin resistance. Due to the continued increase in the number of horses affected by insulin dysregulation and the lack of a cure, GIP offers a glimmer of hope for affected horses,” explained Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., an equine nutrition advisor for Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

According to the study*, the GIP protein falls into a category
Stabilized Rice Bran–Just the Facts, Please
Published on: 08/26/2017
Stabilized rice bran has become a popular dietary additive for many different types of horses. In the past five years, rice bran has achieved somewhat of a “cult-like” following with performance horse owners on the West Coast of the United States. Despite the popularity of rice bran, many horse owners are confused regarding the what, when and why of rice bran.

Rice bran is a highly digestible by-product of the rice milling industry.By Definition

Rice bran is the outer brown layer of the rice kernel. The bran used in horse feeds is removed during the milling process that generates white rice for human consumption. Since bran is such a small portion of the rice kernel, it has been estimated that nearly 1000 pounds (450 kilograms) of rice must be milled to produce a single 50-pound (23-kilogram) bag of rice bran.

Rice bran is a rich source of fat (rice oil), several B vitamins, and phosphorus. Most laboratories estimate the fat content of raw rice bran at
Drinking Behavior of Horses: Six Facts About Water Intake
Published on: 08/26/2017
As horse owners, we know well the importance of providing horses with water. Consider these six facts about water the next time you’re scrubbing buckets or waiting for the trough to fill.

1. Not surprisingly, water consumption depends on body weight. Expect a Belgian to outdrink a Haflinger any day of the week. Oddly enough, though, horses of similar body weight and breed may have completely different, though normal, intakes. What’s normal, you ask? Idle horses in a moderate climate will drink 5-15 gallons (20-55 liters) of water daily.

2. Just because your old mare drank two buckets of water yesterday and the day before that doesn’t mean she’ll drink two today. Variations in water intake for individual horses may occur from day to day. Keep track of water consumption as best as you can, and alert a veterinarian if your horse seems to drink little or no water.

3. Without question, diet affects water consumption. Horses grazing lush pasture grasses, whic
Parasites in Horses: Small Strongyles By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 31, 2017 Internal pa
Published on: 08/26/2017
Internal parasites remain important health concerns for horses in all corners of the globe. In younger horses, roundworms (Parascaris spp.) can cause colic, ill thrift, and dull hair coats. Older horses, however, are primarily infested with cyathostomins, known more commonly as small strongyles. In fact, almost 100% of horses, regardless of how well they are managed, have cyathostomins.

Knowing which species of cyathostomins infect horses could provide more information about their life cycle and how they develop resistance to chemical dewormers.While you may think that there is only one “type” of small strongyles, a recent study* indicated that there are actually 50 different species of cyathostimins capable of infecting horses. More importantly, an individual horse can be parasitized with as many as 15 different species at a time.

Why does this matter, you ask? After all, you can just dash off to the local tack shop or even shop online to purchase a dewormer and
Colic Signs in Horses: Know Them and React Appropriately
Published on: 08/26/2017
Horses with abdominal pain, usually referred to as colic, often display signs of distress. Like humans, though, some horses have a higher threshold for pain than others, and signs vary from horse to horse. Noticing subtle behavioral changes associated with colic will give caretakers the upper hand in overcoming colic.

Signs of colic can be lumped into five general categories.

Restless, agitated behavior. Horses may show more or less movement in the stall than usual. While some horses will stall-walk, sometimes in circles, the more common sign is a propensity to lie down. Rolling to alleviate pain is also a familiar sign, though attempts should be made to keep the horse from rolling. Many horses will sweat, too.
Inappetence. Changes in appetite, especially a complete lack of interest in meals, are usually a red-flag sign that a horse is not feeling well. If inappetence persists, the horse will pass less manure.
Pain signals. Horses must express pain throu
What You Need to Know: Equine Leg Bandaging
Published on: 08/26/2017
At some point, nearly every horse will need a leg wrap or bandage. However, an inappropriate bandage application can cause as many problems as a well-applied bandage can prevent. The key to successful bandaging begins with the proper materials and application. So, before you reach for the nearest roll of Vetrap, review some basic principles behind bandaging and wrapping legs:

1. Evaluate Need
First, it is important to evaluate what and why you are bandaging. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, several situations where leg bandages are beneficial to your horse include:
· Providing support for tendons and ligaments during strenuous workouts
· Preventing or reducing swelling after exercise or injury
· Protecting legs from impact
· Shielding wounds from contamination and assisting in healing1

For more severe cases or if you are in doubt, it’s always wise to cons

Barrel Racing

Collier Captures All-American Barrel Racing Title
Published on: 10/29/2017
Kellie Collier

Waco, Texas—If anyone was wondering how this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo might go, they could have watched the final night of the All American ProRodeo Series Finals to get a bit of a preview.

The All American ProRodeo Series is made up of the smaller pro rodeos during the season—those that add less than $30,000 in total prize money—and contestants earn money towards the year end standings at each rodeo. At the end of the season, the top 30 competitors who have competed in at least 30 rodeos get an invite to the Finals held annually in conjunction with the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo in Waco.

The 30 contestants are broken into three groups of 10 and given two go rounds to earn enough money to advance to the final night. The final performance is made up of a Semi-Final round for nine competitors (three from each group) and then a Finals of the fastest four from the Semis.

Bracket C

The final
NRHA Auction Sales for 2017 Futurity
Published on: 10/29/2017
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is just around the corner. People from across the globe will come to Oklahoma City to get their fix on all things reining, including multiple horse sales. The Marketplace, Futurity Prospect, and Select Yearling Sales are premier sales taking place at the Futurity next month.

The Marketplace Sale features an outstanding group of top producing broodmares with proven performance bloodlines in foal to the hottest sires in the reining industry. Also featured will be yearlings, 2-year-olds, and finished show horses. The event is set to begin at 10 a.m. on November 30 in Barn 3.

A sale preview will take place on November 30 at 3 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. This is your chance to get a sneak-peek of the industry’s most outstanding select 2-year-olds set to be sold in the Futurity Prospect Sale which is slated for Decembe
How equine veterinarians can help demystify horse nutrition
Published on: 10/18/2017
Owners may not know how to best feed their horses, so here’s how you can help

For many horse owners, perhaps nothing is more confusing than trying to figure out the “best” way to feed their horse(s). They are confronted with a seemingly endless array of do’s, don’ts, can’ts and musts that can make feeding a confusing and expensive task. With solid knowledge, equine veterinarians can provide a valuable service to their clients and help allay their concerns about “proper” feeding.

Basically, It’s Easy
Horses are wonderfully self-reliant, and meeting the nutritional needs of most is actually quite simple. Adequate forage, water and perhaps a salt block with added trace minerals are more than enough to satisfy all the nutritional needs of most horses in most circumstances.

As long as horses get enough fresh or stored forage featuring the color green, they will meet their caloric needs, as well as their vitamin A and E needs. Horses synthesize their ow
Message from the WPRA Board of Directors - Important 2018 Rodeo Year Information
Published on: 09/24/2017
As the 2017 rodeo season is in its final month, the WPRA Board of Directors would like to thank you for being a WPRA member and bringing all of your passion and enthusiasm to our sport. It takes all of us. WPRA members, over 500 rodeo committees and your association to deliver professional level competition. When reviewing the 2018 membership applications you will see, for the first time in 9 years, we will be increasing our membership prices. Over the past several years, the WPRA has worked hard to absorb operating expense increases (i.e. equipment, utilities, taxes, telecommunications, print, writers, insurance, etc.). At the same time, we have worked to deliver more services, such as RodeoPay, SAF Ground Program, and increases to all circuit award funding and other circuit programs. Our goal is to continue managing an efficient operation and to keep bringing you more membership benefits.

Please note the following information about 2018 membership applications and the 2018
2017 Nutrena Senior Athletes
Published on: 09/18/2017
AQHA crowns the 2017 Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show at the Adequan® Select World.

Morgan and SF Check Me Out were named the 2017 Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show at the Adequan® Select World. (Journal photo)

Butch Morgan of Elbert, Colorado, and SF Check Me Out were named the 2017 Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show at AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). AQHA presented the award to Morgan on August 29 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo. The award is presented to the exhibitor and horse with the highest combined age competing at the Adequan® Select World. The Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show award recognizes not only the exhibitors, but their equine partners. AQHA has proudly teamed with AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena on this award since 2012.

SF Check Me Out is a 1999 bay gelding by Look Whos Larkin and out of Katie Chex by Docs Fritzl Chex. The pair showed in
America’s Horse in Art
Published on: 09/18/2017
The 10th annual America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale had a successful opening on August 12.

More than 40 world-renowned Western artists participated in the show with works ranging from oils to sculpture.

The America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale opened August 12 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. The event marked the 10th annual opening of the show and drew in art collectors, artists and enthusiasts from around the country.

More than 40 world-renowned Western artists participated in the show with works ranging from oils to sculpture. Many of the artists were in attendance during the opening and enjoyed discussing their pieces with collectors.

The signature piece for the 2017 show is a piece by artist Joni Monroe Beinborn of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The piece is titled “Any Time … Any Place.”

Artist Marlin Rotach of Salina, Kansas, won the prestigious Steel Dust Award at the opening. The Steel Dust
Five Reasons to Feed Stabilized Rice Bran to Horses
Published on: 09/11/2017
Have you ever considered feeding your horse stabilized rice bran but weren’t sure what it is, how to introduce it, or—perhaps most importantly—how to use it properly? Equine nutrition experts agree that stabilized rice bran is a valuable feed additive for some horses but, like any change in diet, must be added slowly and properly to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

In a nutshell, “Stabilized rice bran is produced by harvesting the thin, brown layer of individual rice kernels located underneath the hull or outer shell and stabilizing that brown layer—or bran—to inhibit the enzyme lipase from breaking down the fat in the bran and stopping the rice bran from going rancid,” explained Clarissa Brown-Douglas, Ph.D., equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (Australia).

Five of the top reasons that horse owners and managers offer stabilized rice bran include:

Putting or keeping weight on horses (e.g., hard keepers, horses involved in heavy exercise);
The Mare's Ageing Reproductive System
Published on: 09/11/2017
Mare, mare, quite contrary, how do your follicles grow?

Perhaps more importantly, how does the growth of follicles—the small sac on the ovary from which an egg is released—change with each passing year of a mare’s reproductive career? This and other questions related to the ageing equine reproductive tract were recently asked by a group of specialists*. Their goal was to better understand how age affects the fertility of broodmares.

“Aside from embryo transfer, highly valuable mares can only produce one foal each year. Having an improved understanding of how ageing impacts the reproductive system will permit owners to continue breeding their mares longer,” explained Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., who works for Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Like other organ systems, such as the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems, age negatively affects certain features and functions of the reproductive system. For example, in the aforementioned study, the resear
Putting Weight on a Skinny Horse
Published on: 08/26/2017
All the horses in the barn get the same amount of feed every day; it makes feeding time much simpler. The warmbloods look super. Their weight is good, and their coats are gleaming. However, the one Thoroughbred in the barn who arrived a little thin six months ago has not put on any weight. In fact, he has lost body condition. He is getting grain just like the other horses, so what could be wrong? A veterinarian has thoroughly examined the horse and nothing appears to be wrong. Could it be as simple as insufficient caloric intake? What kind of changes can be made to his feeding program to encourage weight gain?

A high-fat diet is an invaluable tool for achieving weight gain in a skinny horse as long as the gastrointestinal tract of the horse will tolerate the fat.Sometimes, getting a thin horse to gain weight is simply a matter of increasing the caloric density of the diet. Other times, the diet may need to be higher in calories because of a medical, psychological or environm
Gunners Special Nite Hits a Special Milestone
Published on: 08/24/2017
Following a successful show for his offspring at the Mid Atlantic Reining Classic, North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity & Derby show and a host of other events recorded this week, Gunners Special Nite officially became the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Million Dollar Sire. The 2004 sorrel stallion is by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Mifs Doll (by Mifillena). Gunners Special Nite was bred by Kim and Debra Sloan of Newfoundland, N.J., and is currently owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.

Unknown-2Boasting an NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of more than $219,730, he has been just as successful in the show arena as in the breeding barn. Some of his major accomplishments include the 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Level 3 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist, 2008 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show Junior Reining Top Ten, 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Open final
2017 Steel Dust Award
Published on: 08/24/2017
Marlin Rotach was awarded the 2017 Steel Dust Award during the opening of this year’s America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

The Steel Dust Award, generously sponsored by Bruce Carter of Bruce Carter Performance Horses, was introduced to recognize one artist each year for their work.

Marlin Rotach of Salina, Kansas, won the prestigious Steel Dust Award at the opening of the 10th annual America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale on August 12 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.

Rotach is a lifelong artist who graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s of fine arts in painting. He went on to complete his master’s degree in fine arts at the University of Nebraska before teaching design, drawing and painting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Since the mid-1990s, Rotach has worked almost exclusively in watercolors and has received many accol
Wrapping Up the 2017 Ford Youth World
Published on: 08/24/2017
More than 770 AQHYA members from across the globe competed at this year’s Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show for the chance to take home a coveted gold globe.

If you were unable to join us in Oklahoma City, or missed the free live webcast, brought to you by Adequan®, be sure to check out results at

That’s a wrap on the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show! AQHYA exhibitors from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Luxembourg competed for 35 world championship titles and 33 Adequan® Level 2 championships August 4-12 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

More than 1,000 horses and 773 exhibitors competed in western, English and halter events. In addition to Level 3 and Adequan® Level 2 classes, the top three 13-&-Under competitors were also recognized within each class in both levels. Entries were up by more than 1,100 entries compared to last year, largely in part to the addition
Year-End Awards Celebration
Published on: 08/24/2017
The American Quarter Horse Association is moving the year-end awards banquet to November in Oklahoma City.

For more information on AQHA year-end high-points, visit

The 2017 Annual Awards Banquet recognizing the year-end high-point winners is being moved from the 2018 AQHA Convention to during the 2018 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

“We feel holding this awards presentation as a separate event will allow us to appropriately celebrate these exhibitors and horses for their hard work and dedication to win the top honor of being named an AQHA year-end high-point winner,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “This move was based on exhibitor input and a desire to have the greatest participation during this very significant awards celebration."

AQHA conducted a survey this spring to determine if open and amateur year-end high-point winners would prefer to modify the current award
From the Office of Craig Huffhines
Published on: 08/24/2017
Life’s Greatest Moments Happen When We are Challenged

AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from the Ford Youth World and recent AQHA Executive Committee meeting.

August 18, 2017

What a privilege it has been to see Team AQHA run this event and the first-class work that our judges, scribes, stewards and ring crew did to put on this major event.

Life’s greatest moments tend to occur when we stretch ourselves way out of our comfort zone. That was the case at the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. Nearly 800 young exhibitors from 42 states, two Canadian provinces, Costa Rica and Luxembourg qualified and participated at the Ford Youth World. You had to be there to appreciate the intensity on their faces, the frayed nerves and churning gut that come with the investment of countless hours of work, effort and energy driving them all to improvement.

It’s also worth mentioning the
Published on: 08/24/2017
Goat milk is gaining popularity as low lactose milk for lactose intolerant people and as a premium ingredient in artisan cheeses and natural yogurts. With the soaring interest in goat’s milk as a healthy, natural alternative to cow milk, it is important to ensure dairy goats are fed properly to enhance milk production and produce a high quality product.

Feeding the Milking Doe
The lactation cycle of a doe consists of the dry period, early lactation, mid-lactation and late lactation. The dry period coincides with late pregnancy when the doe is directing dietary nutrients to proper development and growth of the fetus. Nutrition during the dry period is certainly critical to ensure the goat kids are born healthy, but also to the success of the overall lactation cycle. During the dry period, a doe will gain body condition thereby storing energy that can be metabolized to support the high calorie demands of early lactation. A doe will also begin to fill the udder and increas
Legacy Ranch Horse Sale Set for September 16
Published on: 08/17/2017
The second annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott, Arizona, Rodeo Grounds. Once again, three of Arizona’s largest, most historic ranches – the K4 Ranch, Campwood Cattle Company, and O RO Ranch – have teamed up to present a unique offering of using horses carrying the brands of ranches with over 300 combined years of tradition.
The sale is being held in conjunction with Olsen’s Equifest Arizona, a three-day equine extravaganza that includes barrel racing, team roping, clinics, demonstrations, a trade show featuring 40 vendor booths, and more, all free to the public.
The offering of 31 horses includes broke ranch horses, roping and ranch prospects, and broodmares. All have been raised by these traditional working cattle ranches on some of the roughest, rockiest country northern Arizona has to offer.
“These horses are bred and trained to perform every job a big working ranch has to offer, and they are used daily,
Jacob Tops WPRA Leaderboard for Fourth of July
Published on: 07/17/2016
For WPRA barrel racer Taylor Jacob it has been a goal to win the most money over the Fourth of July week (June 27-July 4, 2016) known in the rodeo circles as "Cowboy Christmas" and she achieved that goal in 2016 with $28,316.
"It is an amazing feeling," said Jacob about winning that much in a week. "I set high expectations for myself and it feels real good to have achieved that goal. My buddy group (with Sarah Rose McDonald) worked very well this year and we were definitely pleased with the outcome."
Telford Takes Top Honors in Vernal
Published on: 07/17/2016
Vernal, UT — She grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, and was only 13 years old when she first got her WPRA card; but Jessie Telford, 36, put her ProRodeo ambitions on hold once she got married and had two girls. Now her girls, Shawny (11) and Sierra (10), love to compete themselves, so Telford is back to competing in WPRA Barrel Racing.
Lockhart Looking To Repeat As Calgary Champ
Published on: 07/17/2016
Lockhart wasted no time in her pursuit of a repeat title, winning the opening round of the 2016 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with a fast time of 17.61 seconds.
“I love Calgary and people have been saying about the excitement on Sunday, but it’s every day,” Lockhart told the Calgary Herald. “Just racing and the atmosphere around here, you just know that the stakes are so high and knowing that you’ve done well before, you have some big expectations, so you just go out and do what you can do every day, but I’m thrilled to have a win.”

Who's Who

Nick Dowers Completes Road to the Horse 2018 Line-up
Published on: 09/22/2017
Expect the unexpected; that’s the Road to the Horse motto fans have grown to love. It’s what drives them to buy tickets before the first competitor is even announced. Each year their wildest imagination about what to expect is blown away by the unimaginable and 2018, will not disappoint. Never has there been competitors spanning four different countries. Never has every competitor held one previous World Championship of Colt Starting title and never has anyone dared to pit a liberty trainer, reining trainer, reined cow horse trainer and an international show jumper against each other but Road to the Horse mastermind Tootie Bland, didn’t think twice.

Dowers joins the star-studded line-up which includes defending World Champion and New Zealand show jumper Vicki Wilson, gifted Australian horseman Dan James, and Canadian reining horse sensation, Jim Anderson

As Road to the Horse 2016 World Champion Nick Dowers completes the line-up, fans wait patiently, counting the d
Published on: 09/19/2017
Applications open for groups to participate and celebrate this year’s “Champions of the Community” theme

SCOTTSDALE, AZ –Arizona Coyotes legend Shane Doan will be the Grand Marshal of the 47th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 30, 2017. As Grand Marshal, Doan will lead this year’s parade through the two-mile parade route in central Phoenix.

The National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade Grand Marshal honors an individual or group whose vision aligns with the Fiesta Bowl’s commitment to the community. During his career, Doan’s impact on the ice was immeasurable and his contributions to the Valley and desire to grow the game of hockey in Arizona have made him a true champion of the community, aligning with this year’s Parade theme.

“The Fiesta Bowl Parade is an Arizona icon and I’m honored to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal. During my playing career, I never had the chance to experience the Fiesta Bowl Parade and, for my f
Bob Byrd
Published on: 09/18/2017
Bob Byrd, 88, the 1964 NCHA Futurity Co-Champion and a contestant and honoree in the NCHA Futurity 50th Anniversary Champions Cup in 2011, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Jayton, Texas.

Born on Sept. 11, 1928 to Charlie and Lizzie Byrd, Bob Byrd and Maricate Warren married in September 1951. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Maricate, two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Starkey and her husband, Skip, of Cross Plains, Tex., and Lori Chisum and her husband, George, of Jayton; one son, Barry Byrd and his wife, Renee, of Weatherford, Tex.; one brother, Jim Byrd of Post, Tex.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or a charity of choice.
Jerry Key
Published on: 09/18/2017
The NCHA is sad to announce that Jerry Key of Weatherford, TX passed away on Saturday, August 19th.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 22nd, 6pm-8pm at Galbreaith-Pickard chapel in Weatherford, TX.
Funeral Service will be Wednesday, August 23rd, 10am at Galbreaith-Pickard chapel in Weatherford, TX.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to make donations to the Jerry Key Youth Sponsorship for the NCHA.

Please send donations to:
NCHA Charities Foundation
c/o the Youth
260 Bailey Avenue
Fort Worth, Tx 76107

Jerry has been involved with the NCHA since 1972. He has trained several horses who have wildly succeeded in the cutting horse industry, as well as made several futurity semi-finals appearances. Jerry Key was heavily involved with the NYCHA and enjoyed watching the younger generations of cutters grow. Our hearts are with the Key family during this time.
Ned LeDoux To Release His First-Ever Full Length Album Sagebrush November 3
Published on: 09/11/2017
Sagebrush Includes Eight Original Songs And His Cover
of His Dad Chris LeDoux’s Iconic Signature
“This Cowboy’s Hat” Featuring Chase Rice

NASHVILLE, TN – Sept 6, 2017 – Ned LeDoux blazes his own trail forward ‪on November 3 with the release of his first full-length album Sagebrush which carries on the traditions, music and cowboy way of life passed down to him by his Mom and Dad, Peggy and Chris LeDoux.

Produced by award-winning Mac McAnally, Sagebrush completes and follows on the heels of his debut EP Forever A Cowboy released last year. Ned wrote or co-wrote eight of the 12 songs included on Sagebrush, and each song leaves no doubt as to what the LeDoux name stands for in country music. 

Sagebrush is a labor of love and a year in the making for Ned LeDoux. The Kaycee, Wyoming native wrote his first song with his songwriting and producer mentor Mac McAnally. After that Ned continued to write about his own life experiences, all the while
ProRodeo Hall of Fame inducts TheraPlate Ambassador Charmayne James into 2017 Class, WPRA Included
Published on: 08/26/2017
Colorado Springs, CO (August 24, 2017) —The first Saturday of August in 2017, August 5, went down in the history books of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) as the day their members were inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame for the first time.

Highlighting WPRA's inaugural class was 11-time world champion Charmayne James along with 32-time world champion Wanda Bush and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee Star Plaudit "Red". The ladies joined Randy Corley, a 12-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, and five world champions that help make-up the historic 12-member 2017 induction class.
Corley, along with gold buckle winners including the late Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954), Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960), Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974), Mike Beers (team roping, 1984) and Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992), were enshrined with rodeo notable Bob Ragsdale, a 22-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in three events. Also inducted
21st Annual Savvy Summit, Celebrating 35 Years!
Published on: 07/23/2017
September 08 - September 10, 2017, Don't Miss the upcoming 21st Annual Savvy Summit. (with Pat and Linda), Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA
Edwin J. Gregson Foundation Honors Jerry Hollendorfer and Art Sherman
Published on: 07/23/2017
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2017) – The Edwin J. Gregson Foundation is delighted to announce that it will host a charity fundraising dinner honoring two of California’s greats, trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Art Sherman.

The event will take place on Tuesday, August 22, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, located just a few miles south of Del Mar Racetrack.

This dinner marks year seventeen of fundraising activities spearheaded by Jenine Sahadi, president of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. “We look forward to a fabulous evening celebrating Jerry and Art for their long and remarkable careers in thoroughbred horse racing. Good friends throughout their careers, they greatly deserve being celebrated for the excitement and richness they have each brought to this sport,” says Sahadi.

Among the Gregson Foundation’s past honorees are trainers Bob Baffert, Jack Van Berg, Ron McAnally, Mel Stute, and the late Warren Stute, in addition to such industry leaders as
The Original Arrogate - 1956 at Del Mar
Published on: 07/23/2017
For the record, Arrogate 2017 is not the first Arrogate to stir things up in a major way at the picturesque track by the sea.

On September 3, 1956, Labor Day, legendary jockey John Longden booted home a horse named Arrogate in the Del Mar Handicap. It was career victory No. 4,871 for Longden, making him the winningest rider of all time, surpassing Sir Gordon Richards of England.

It was a grand moment in the career of Longden, who had ridden for 30 years at that time and was dealing with arthritis in his shoulders, elbows and knees. It also was a memorable moment in the history of Del Mar, especially when coupled with one 14 years later. On September 7, 1970, another Labor Day, Bill Shoemaker rode a filly named Dares J to career victory No. 6,033, surpassing Longden on the all-time wins list. Longden was there to greet “The Shoe” in the winner’s circle.

But we digress. Back to Arrogate.

The original Arrogate was a foal of 1951, a son of Goya I
Heroes & Legends: Cody Custer
Published on: 07/23/2017
The Custer family never had any kids-sized saddles for their horses. So Cody Custer learned to ride bareback.

Only years later would he realize that it would have a profound effect on his bull riding career. It was one of two important lessons he learned in the 1970s.

"I didn't have the luxury of having my feet in the stirrups," he said, "so I really think that helped develop my ability to shift my weight around, use my legs and learn how to ride with my lower body."

Custer said learning to ride that way was in effect "survival mode," and that he was less focused on bull riding and concentrating instead on staying upright on the back of his family's horses. He and his brother Jim Bob would jump logs, and learning to push with their feet was something both came by naturally.

They would later apply the same techniques while practicing on a stationary barrel.

"Then you're not relying so m
Skip Zimbalist, Chairman and CEO, on Active Interest Media’s Print, Digital, Events and Other Growth
Published on: 07/23/2017
Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III founded Active Interest Media (AIM) just eight years ago, and despite facing some of the most challenging years in publishing during what is essentially still the company’s infancy, it has grown to become one of the world’s largest niche media companies.

With a portfolio of 34 magazines-including Yoga Journal (its largest publication with 360,000 circulation) and a healthy marine group, which features Yachts International and Soundings, among others-the company reaches more than 12 million readers worldwide. It also produces major events, including the world’s largest boat show (the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show), smaller events, successful websites that feature unique content as well as e-commerce (including books and third-party product sales), and new mobile apps that it is “selectively developing,” according to Zimbalist, AIM’s chairman and CEO.

Zimbalist explains the strategy behind this growth is to have “a suite of edito
Active Interest Media - Who Are They?
Published on: 07/23/2017
One of the world’s largest enthusiast media companies, Active Interest Media ( produces leading consumer and trade events, websites, magazines, and films and TV shows that reach 36 million readers, fans, and attendees in 85 countries. AIM powers the second-richest equestrian competition in the world, the World Series of Team Roping, and North America’s most important events and education for fitness professional through our IDEA Fit division. Our brands include Yoga Journal, Backpacker, SKI, Vegetarian Times, Anglers Journal, Yachts International, Sail, Power & Motoryacht, Spin to Win Rodeo, Practical Horseman, EQUUS, Muscle & Performance, The Trail Rider, Oxygen, Clean Eating, Log Home Living, Old House Journal, Cabin Living, Woodsmith, Garden Gate, and more. The company’s six divisions—the Equine Network, Home Group, Healthy Living Group, Marine Group, Outdoor Group, and Creative Home Group—also operate thriving B2B platforms, online universities, and retail even
Western Horseman magazine to receive Ken Stemler Award
Published on: 07/23/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The fourth annual Ken Stemler Pioneer Award will be given to Western Horseman magazine at the 2017 Cowboy Ball, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs.

Western Horseman was selected for its many years of editorial support fostering the sport of professional rodeo. This dedication to marketing and promoting the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame has been a significant factor in advancing the popularity of the sport, developing new fans, informing the general public and bringing to the forefront the stories of the PRCA. This commitment to preserving the heritage of professional rodeo in true pioneer spirit is greatly appreciated.

The publication began in 1936 near Lafayette, Calif., when Paul Albert published the first issue of the magazine that served as a “voice for the horse.” After relocating to Reno, Nev., for a few years under new ownership, the magazine was moved in the la
Boehringer Ingelheim becomes newest APHA corporate partner
Published on: 07/23/2017
Merial is now a part of the Boehringer Ingelheim group. This merger brings together two leading animal health companies into one cohesive unit, which creates the second largest global animal health business and the largest equine health company worldwide.

The newly expanded Boehringer Ingelheim will continue to support the legacy brands, Ulcergard and Gastrogard, while also providing veterinarians and horse owners with a larger portfolio of products. Along with this expanded portfolio, the new Boehringer Ingelheim is making the commitment to researching and developing additional equine health care offerings, with a continued focus on disease prevention.

“We have enhanced our long-standing commitment to being a leader in performance horse health by marrying the strengths of Boehringer Ingelheim and Merial, creating the largest equine health company worldwide,” said Kristopher Scott, director of equine marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. “We are eager
Perdue Applauds President Trump for Selections of McKinney & Clovis for USDA
Published on: 07/23/2017
(Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of intent to nominate Ted McKinney for Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics.

Note: In May, USDA created the new position of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as directed by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statements:

Regarding Ted McKinney:

“For our new under secretary position emphasizing international trade, I have always said that I want someone who wakes up every morning asking how we can sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets. Ted McKinney is that person. His longstanding background in agriculture, economic development, and global issues will make him an unapologetic advocate for U.S. products in the world marketplace.”

President Donald J. Trump's Six Months of America First
Published on: 07/23/2017
“Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.” – President Donald J. Trump

BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT: In six months in office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to the American people to bring accountability back to government.

President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people.
President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
President Trump has donated his salary, following through on his pro
Published on: 07/21/2017
J.B. Mauney was injured after his round-winning ride last week at the Calgary Stampede. Photo: Andy Watson /

Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney underwent reconstructive right shoulder surgery on Tuesday morning in Dallas.

Mauney was injured following his round-winning ride last week at the Calgary Stampede.

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Mauney will miss six months recovering from the surgery.

PUEBLO, Colo. – Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney’s bid at winning a record-tying third world title in 2017 came to a screeching halt this past weekend at the Calgary Stampede.

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Mauney underwent reconstructive right shoulder (free arm) surgery Tuesday morning to repair a multitude of serious injuries after Mauney was injured riding Cowahbunga last Friday afternoon.

Mauney, who is currently No. 5 in the PBR world standings, is expected to miss six months.

Winston Bruce: Oct. 27, 1937 – July 10, 2017
Published on: 07/21/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Fame saddle bronc rider Winston Bruce passed away July 10. He was 79.

Bruce’s PRCA career was highlighted by him winning the 1961 world championship. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 10 consecutive times from 1959-68, and was the reserve world champion in 1959 and 1965.

Bruce was inducted in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1989, becoming the first Canadian competitor to receive that honor. He also was inducted in the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in 1998.

“The world of rodeo is one of the greatest lives,” Bruce said in a 1988 article in the ProRodeo Sports News. “Doing what you like to do makes you good at what you’re doing.”

The native of Stettler, Alberta, developed a winning style through hours of practice, even in the snow. He summed up his formula for success as nerve, ability, coordination, balance and try.

Bruce also was
Bobby Pidgeon 1933 - 2017
Published on: 07/17/2017
George Robert “Bobby” Pidgeon Sr., Moscow, Tenn., passed away on Friday, July 14, after an extended illness. As an NCHA competitor, breeder, show producer, raconteur and enthusiast, Bobby Pidgeon had few equals.

As a non-pro competitor, Pidgeon, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame member, who had not shown for more than a decade before his death, ranks 22nd among all-time leading non-pro money earners with $1.1 million. His career highlights include the 1990 and 1991 non-pro championships of the NCHA Classic Challenge on Dual Pep, who under Pidgeon’s promotion developed into one of cutting’s all-time leading sires and broodmare sires.

In 1991, Pidgeon established Bar H Ranche in Weatherford, Tex., where he stood Dual Pep and CD Olena, the 1994 NCHA Futurity Open champion and 1995 NCHA Horse of the Year, who also became a leading sire and broodmare sire. Dual Pep and CD Olena have sired offspring with combined earnings of over $45 million and are maternal and/or paternal
Jim Shoemake Dies
Published on: 07/17/2017
AQHA Past President Jim Shoemake died June 28.

“I think that if I could have a legacy, it would be that for one who loves and owns and raises Quarter Horses but is not an active participant in showing – that kind of individual can still make a positive contribution to the American Quarter Horse Association,” Jim said.

AQHA Past President Jim Shoemake of Saint Louis, died June 28 of leukemia.

Jim Shoemake never competed in a show ring, raced, trained or judged horses; however he was truly passionate about horses. He decided to become involved with the Association to share his passion with his family and future generations to come. He proved that there’s a place for everyone at AQHA, especially those who simply love horses. The attorney who began his journey because of his passion for American Quarter Horses soon became an influential person in AQHA, the American Horse Council and the equine industry as a whole.

“First thing you know, you’re on
Lawrence “Larry” Langer to Be Awarded 2016 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award
Published on: 12/13/2016
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Lawrence “Larry” Langer as the winner of the 2016 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award. Langer, of Burbank, Calif., has been part of the horse industry for 66 years, from starting lessons as a child to his induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. For his years of service, Langer will be awarded the 2016 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pegasus Awards Dinner.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Accepts "Federal Agency of the Year Award" at League of United Latin A
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today accepted the Federal Agency of the Year award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and delivered remarks at the organization's 87th Annual National Convention. This award recognizes USDA's commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity under the Obama Administration.

Horse Racing

Record Number of Horses Expected for Turf Paradise’s New Season
Published on: 09/18/2017
The first of over 1,980 expected horses arrived today (Sept. 12) to fill the 2,046 available stalls as Turf Paradise Race Course prepares to open its 62nd season in mid-October.

A 132-day race meet will run from October 14 thru May 6, 2018. Racing will be conducted primarily on five-day a week basis, Saturday thru Wednesday with a first race post of 12:55 pm.
There will be three special live race day Fridays: Nov. 1, the first day of the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championship simulcasts; the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 and May 4, to accommodate the Kentucky Oaks simulcast.

“This has been a record response from horsemen and issuance of stalls,” said Director of Racing, Mike Harlow. “In addition to our regulars coming back, we’ve also had an increase of trainers who’ve raced here before and are now returning after a few years absence plus an influx of new trainers, racing here for the first time.”

There are seven returning trainers and a half-doze
Filly Fly Baby Fly wins $3 million All American Futurity
Published on: 09/18/2017
PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

With a devastating final kick in the late yards of the 440-yard All American Futurity (G1), Fly Baby Fly took the $3 million race from rival Bigg Daddy by 1 1/2 lengths. She won in :21.492.

The fastest qualifier, Bigg Daddy broke well and held the lead through the early stages of the race, until the filly ridden by Jose Alvarez got rolling. She is owned by a partnership and was trained by James Padgett II, who the day prior also won the All American Derby (G1) with Hold Air Hostage and the All American Gold Cup (G1) with reigning world champion Jessies First Down.

"The filly always has trouble with the break and it takes a little while to start her running," Alvarez said. "But today she put everything together. We knew she could run 440, and she proved it today. She got the lead probably about 250 yards and then just pulled away."

Bigg Daddy held well for second, and Hotstepper was a neck back i
Horses Are Cool
Published on: 08/25/2017
Another Exciting Season of Horseracing Returns to Arizona
October 14th is Opening Day at Turf Paradise

(PHOENIX) The thunder of the hoof beats. The run down the home stretch. The race to the finish line. Live horseracing returns to Arizona October 14th at Turf Paradise as the iconic track marks its 62nd season in Phoenix at 19th Ave and Bell.
There will be live horseracing where fans can watch, wager, and win. Turf Paradise is also welcoming back the fans on October 14th with free t-shirts for the first 5,000 paid admissions, live music, a kids’ fun park, and a barbecue tent.
Opening day’s featured race will be the $30,000 Bienvenidos Stakes.
Gates open at 11am October 14th and the first post time is 12:55. As always Grandstand admission is $3 and general parking is free.
In addition to live horseracing, fans can watch, wager, and win on simulcasts from major racetracks from around the country. And for fans who can’t get to the track, there are 55
Victor Espinoza: Sights Were Set, Now the Dream Is Realized
Published on: 08/13/2017
Over the past 15 years, there’s quite a case to be made for Victor Espinoza being the nation’s hottest professional jockey.

After all, he has won seven Triple Crown races, numerous other Grade 1 races both in the United States and abroad, and the grandest of all accomplishments – being the winning jockey of America’s Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. That feat was accomplished aboard 2015 Horse of the Year American Pharoah as horse and rider became the first to sweep the three races since Affirmed and jockey Steve Cauthen in 1978.

Add to that riding California Chrome to two (!) Horse of the Year titles and to the top of the North American all-time money-earning list for a time with more than $14.7 million in purses, which included capturing the Dubai World Cup in 2016 after finishing second in that race in 2015. California Chrome, now at stud, is still second leading earner behind Arrogate.

And now comes induction t
Del Mar's Strong Beginning Continues Through Week Two
Published on: 08/13/2017
Del Mar’s 78th summer season continued its positive trend as Week 2 results provided strong gains in all wagering segments. The seaside track also produced another set of high-quality, five-day-a-week racing cards with robust field size.

The July 26 to July 31 second stanza of the seven-week run saw 43 races presented drawing a total of 373 horses, an average of 8.67 per race. After two full weeks of racing, Del Mar’s has offered 88 races and lured 775 horses to them, meaning the average field size is now 8.8 for each race, above last year’s standard of 8.3 and also above the national average that sits below eight horses a contest.

Wagering remained strong as meet-to-date average daily handle through the second week was 8.1% ahead of the average daily wagering for the comparable period of the 2016 summer season. As was the case after Week 1, all four betting departments – on-track wagering, inter-track wagering, advanced deposit wagering and out-of-state wage
Published on: 07/23/2017
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 4, 2017)–Santa Anita’s all sources handle for its 103-day racing season, which began on Dec. 26 and concluded today, showed an $23.5 million increase over a year ago, a 2.5 percent gain. Additionally, there were 62,400 more total visits resulting in an on-track attendance increase of eight percent–the fourth consecutive year Santa Anita has posted attendance gains.

“We’re encouraged by our numbers and we remain committed to working with our horsemen to do even better and to provide our customers with the kind of world class racing they expect to see here at Santa Anita,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations, for The Stronach Group. “We finished strongly this past few weeks because we were able to increase our field size, which makes for better opportunities for our players.

“Moving forward, we are excited to provide great entertainment, food, customer service and the kind of dynamic, world class racing that Santa An
Del Mar Opening Day Hats Contest
Published on: 07/23/2017
From left to right: Aubrey Fohl, Christine Best, Lauren Donahue, Andria Elam, Lauren Jenkins, Virginia Foster, Carlene McKnight, Mollie Cameron, Belinda Berry, Christina Stutz

The 23rd annual Opening Day Hats Contest at Del Mar, presented by Valenti International, drew more than 300 contestants. Categories included Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Flowers, Best Race Track Theme and Most Outrageous. Contestants competed for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.

The Grand Prize winner was Christina Stutz of San Diego who competed in the Most Outrageous category. Christina won a Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring Chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings valued at $1,000. She also received $300 cash and a Studio Savvy gift basket valued at $250.

Stutz delighted Del Mar race fans with a grand scale presentation topped with an elegant life-sized horse enthusiast in a lov
Breeders' Cup Announces New Infield Festival, Taste of Breeders' Cup: San Diego
Published on: 07/23/2017
SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2017) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, today announced Taste of Breeders’ Cup: San Diego, a unique culinary experience which will take place in the Del Mar racetrack infield during the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and will celebrate the signature fare that has solidified San Diego as one of the country’s top culinary destinations. The one-of-a-kind festival will take place on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 and will feature a variety of locally-inspired bites from more than twenty different chefs and food vendors.

“Over the past few years, Breeders’ Cup has established itself as an all-encompassing entertainment experience that features the best horse racing in the world,” says Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “With 2017 marking the first year that the event will take place at Del Mar, we are especially focused on highlighting all of the culture and charact
Participants Selected for National Youth Racing Experience
Published on: 10/11/2016
The 2016 National Youth Racing Experience allows AQHYA members a first-hand glimpse into the American Quarter Horse racing industry.


Secretary Perdue Partners with FFA to Support Next Generation of Leaders in Agriculture
Published on: 08/13/2017
Taking action to encourage and inspire American youth, and build a strong foundation for the agriculture industry of tomorrow

(Washington, D.C., July 26, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will partner with National FFA to support youth, and prepare the workforce of tomorrow for unique careers in agriculture. Following their remarks, Secretary Perdue and CEO of the National FFA Organization, Mark Poeschl, signed a memorandum of understanding (PDF, 225 KB) between USDA and National FFA. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch Secretary Perdue’s remarks.

“At National FFA, we are preparing our students to be tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture,” said Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization. “Through this MOU, USDA helps us continue our vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. We look forward to our partnership and the ability
USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers
Published on: 08/13/2017
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue and Steve Records, the Vice-President of Field Operations for SCORE signing the SCORE Agreement.

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 5, 2017 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. Today’s agreement provides new help resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and thrive in agri-business.

“Shepherding one generation to the next is our responsibility. We want to help new farmers, veterans, and people transitioning from other industries to agriculture,” said Secretary Perdue. “They need land, equipment, and access to capital, but they also need advice and guidance. That's what SCORE is all about.”

SCORE matches business professionals and entrepreneurs with new bus
USDA Opens More Land for Emergency Haying and Grazing
Published on: 07/23/2017
Action to Provide Help for Producers Dealing with Persistent Drought in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing the use of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency grazing and haying in and around portions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota affected by severe drought. USDA is adding the ability for farmers and ranchers in these areas to hay and graze CRP wetland and buffer practices.

“We are working to immediately address the dire straits facing drought-stricken farmers and ranchers,” said Perdue. “USDA is fully considering and authorizing any federal programs or related provisions we have available to meet the immediate needs of impacted producers.”

For CRP practices previously announced, including those authorized today, Secretary Perdue is allowing this emergency action during and
Diverse Family Farms Are Important to U.S. Agriculture
Published on: 07/23/2017
Distribution of farms, value of production, and land operated by farm type, 2015 chart

Family farms remain an essential feature of agriculture in the United States. Family farms make up 99 percent of America’s 2.1 million farms and 89 percent of agricultural production. Most farms in the United States are small: 90 percent are small family farms that operate nearly half of America’s farmland.

However, farms vary widely in size and other characteristics. U.S. farms range from very small retirement and residential farms to businesses with sales in the millions of dollars.

To help the public better understand the U.S. farm sector, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2016 Edition. The report categorizes farms into groupings based on several factors: the annual revenue of the farm, the primary occupation of the principal operator, and ownership of the farm – family or nonfamily. Annual revenue is measured by gross
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 7-13 "National Farmers Market Week" WASHINGTON, July
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signed aproclamationdeclaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.
USDA Awards More than $26 Million for Affordable Farmworker Housing WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, July 13, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today $26 million to help provide safe and sanitary housing for farmworkers in nine affordable rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental units in California, Florida, Kansas and Texas. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will make the announcement later today during an address to the League of United Latin American Citizens' (LULAC) 87th annual national convention.

Wild Horses

Published on: 08/14/2017
(CHEYENNE, Wyo.) – Last week at Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Bureau of Land Management, the Mantle Ranch Wild Horse Adoption and Training Facility, the Mustang Heritage Foundation, and Madison “Mustang Maddy” Shambaugh worked to show visitors from around the world the potential in every wild horse and burro.

The week ended with the successful adoption of 17 wild horses, 2 burros and 1 mule. Two horses, a 2-year-old sorrel gelding and a 3-year-old black gelding received matching high bids of $2,100. The two horses were saddle-started and trained by Bryan and Nick Mantle. This is the second year in a row that BLM and its partners were able to adopt every animal brought to Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD).

Each day during CFD, visitors enjoyed demonstrations from both Mantle Ranch and Mustang Maddy. Visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy America’s Mustang Experience, a 40 foot interactive trailer filled with videos and information about mustangs and the public lands t

Western Riding

Published on: 09/19/2017
It was good horses, great mules, awesome people, terrific judges and volunteers and tons of fun this summer at the HorseBreakers Unlimited Ranch Riding Buckle Series in Dewey, Arizona.

The summer of Ranch Riding at HorseBreakers Unlimited finished up on Friday and Saturday September 8th & 9th. Abby Cosenza was on hand to do a clinic for everyone on Friday, then returned on Saturday to judge the final show of the series.

The competition was really fun to watch as the horses competed against some awesome mules. Roddy and Connie Lara and their CR Mules really put the pressure on. Connie and her mule CR Goldie were the Year End Buckle winner in the Prime Time Ranch Riding and Roddy Lara with CR Katie won the Buckle in Ranch Pleasure and was the Reserve Champion Over All High Point behind the Champion James Dixon and Music, owed by Diana Richter. James and Music had an amayzing series winning the Championship in Ranch Halter, the Green Horse Ranch Riding
El Rancho Futurity
Published on: 09/18/2017
Mercuria WSOC - Grade A for E

Tatum Rice and Eazee E. Ted Petit photo.

Eazee E and Hall of Famer Tatum Rice marked 228 for a one-point win over Maid Of Metal in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity September 15. Non-Pro Hall of Fame contestant Lauren Middleton took her division with a 222 on Sweet Reyvenge.

Eazee E’s $13,124 paycheck could move her into the lead in the World Championship standings with over $92,000. Deluxe Checks topped the standings with $90,997 for shows processed through September 15.

Bred by Frank and Belinda Vandersloot, Eazee E is a 7-year-old mare by High Brow Cat out of Zee Dualy, by Dual Pep. Zee Dualy earned more than $200,000. With Eazee E’s latest win, Zee Dualy has joined the ranks of million-dollar producers. She is also the dam of Hall of Fame Horse Smooth Asa Zee ($616,978).

Owner Kevin Knight bought Eazee E as a yearling for $49,000 at the 2011 Western Bloodstock NCHA Fut
Arizona Saddle Club Two Day Gymkhana
Published on: 08/26/2017
at Dunns Arena
7653 North Sarival Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
November 11th & 12th, 2017
The Gymkhana starts at 8:00 am sharp with a Grand Entry
Entry Deadline is October 21st. After October 21st there will be a $10 late fee
For more information, visit our website at or call Tina Campbell @ 623-341-1190 or Melissa at 574-596-1200
The events will be run each day in the order listed. However, if conditions, circumstances or arena conditions warrant, they may be changed. This may include eliminating an event(s)
Published on: 08/26/2017
Southern Arizona Appaloosa Promoters

Oct 14th, 2017- Ranch Horse
Books Open at 8 AM
Show Starts at 9 AM

All shows will be at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
3482 E. River Rd.

The Southern Arizona Appaloosa Promoters Open Breed Horse Shows are intended to be safe and fun learning experiences with good sportsmanship for horse and rider. These shows are open to all horses and riders. Show volunteers will endeavor to be prompt, helpful and courteous

Rules & Information

These shows adhere to the SAAP Rule Book and the ApHC Handbook. These books can be viewed at the office.

1.Management has the right to excuse any rider or horse for safety or unsportsmanlike behavior. Rules for disputes and refunding of scratched classes will be posted at the office.

2. ENTRIES: Enter at the show or pre enter by mail. The office will open at 8am. We accept cash or check.

FEES: $10.00 insurance f
Published on: 08/24/2017
The last show of the season is coming up on September 9th at HorseBreakers Unlimited in Dewey, Az. All of the overall winners will be awarded their champion buckles and champoin and reserve ribbons. A few of the divisions are close in points and the winners will be determinded at this last show.

Since April, on the second Saturday of each month, ranch riders from all ove r the state have been coming to Dewey to show in the Ranch Riding Buckle Series. There are classes for all levels of competitiors and equines.

The day begins with Ranch Halter then Walk-Trot, Green Rider, Green Horse, Intermediate Rider, Open Rider, Prime Time Rider, Ranch Pleasure and the day finishes with the popular Ranch Trail class.

HorseBreakers Unlimited, Jon and Marywade Gilbert, would like to thank all of our sponsors for the year end awards and their support for these shows.

Ranch Halter- Sponsored by HorseBreakers Unlimited – Jon and Marywade Gilbert
Walk T
NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity OCTOBER 3 – OCTOBER 14, 2017
Published on: 07/24/2017
DualsLuckyCharm2016 Futurity Open Champion Kelby Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm, owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart. Primo Morales photo

From humble beginnings in 1970, with a mere 27 entries, the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity has flourished into one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry. Many cow horse enthusiasts describe their first Snaffle Bit Futurity experience as the reason they became hooked on the spine-tingling sport. Hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to the Futurity each year.

Thrills, and sometimes spills, abound as 3-year-old horses test their athleticism in a trio of demanding events: herd work, rein work and fence work. The reward for the best performance is the $125,000 first-place Open Championship paycheck, and the total payout for all the divisions at the show is expected to top $1.1 million. Other Futurity activ
2017 WCHA Hall of Fame
Published on: 07/17/2017
The World Conformation Horse Association announces the inductees to the 2017 WCHA Hall of Fame.

July 13, 2017

World Conformation Horse Association

Three persons and three horses will be honored during the annual WCHA Hall of Fame banquet on November 16 in Oklahoma City.

The World Conformation Horse Association is pleased to announce the inductees to the 2017 WCHA Hall of Fame. Three persons and three horses will be honored during the annual WCHA Hall of Fame banquet on November 16 in Oklahoma City.

The three people joining the WCHA Hall of Fame are Denny Hassett, Jimmie Hardin and in the Legends category, Duane Walker. Horses being honored are Ima Cool Skip, a 1984 American Quarter Horse stallion; Pick Me Please, a 1989 Quarter Horse mare; and, a 2004 AQHA gelding RPL My Te Cheerful, the American Quarter Horse who has the most world champion titles in AQHA history.

“We are pleased to announce the inductees to the 2

English Riding

Hardin Towell and Lucifer V Claim The Victory in $40,000 U.S. Open CSX FEI Speed Class at the Rolex
Published on: 09/22/2017
Emanuel Andrade, Kama Godek, and Todd Minikus Split Top Honors in U.S. Open $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Puissance

Mimi Gochman and Avoloma BH Ride To Win in $5,000 1.20m Junior/Amateur Jumper Speed Class

For Immediate Release
Sarah Madden, Kim Beaudoin and Carly Weilminster for RCPHS

New York, NY - September 21, 2017 - The second day of the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show (RCPHS) featured international and national show jumping competition, showcasing top equestrians from around the world on Thursday, September 21, in the heart of New York City's Wollman Rink. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 24, with four days of multi-discipline equestrian sport for Arabians, jumpers, arena eventing, and hunters. The U.S. Open $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* presented by Rolex will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Tuesday, September 26, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The evening was presented by CSX, highlighting the $40
Central Park Family Day Presented by Mars, Incorporated Is Coming to Wollman Rink on Sunday, Septemb
Published on: 09/14/2017
Dogs Will Join the Fourth Annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show at Wollman Rink Including Instagram Celebrity Chloe the Mini Frenchie, and Dog Agility Demonstration

Pony Rides, Pony Grooming Station, Mini Horse Heroes, Hobby Horsing & More

New York, NY - September 13, 2017 - Rolex Central Park Horse Show announces Central Park Family Day Presented by Mars, Incorporated on Sunday, September 24, 2017 as the final program during the five-day equestrian annual event at Wollman Rink. New to this year, RCPHS is partnering with Mars, Incorporated to welcome canine companions to this year's show, in addition to equestrian friends.

Experience the Kids' Land Rover Adventure Course, interact with Chloe The Mini Frenchie at the KindredBio Pet Photo Booth, jump around a hobby horse course, and watch performances by the Dog Agility Club of Long Island and the Pompeyo Family from "America's Got Talent" all at the 2017 Central Park Famil
One Year Until FEI World Equestrian Games™ Comes to North Carolina, USA
Published on: 09/14/2017
Host Venue Tryon International Equestrian Center Announces Ticket Sales Date

Tryon, NC, USA (September 12, 2017) – The one year to go countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) was launched today. With more than 500,000 people expected to attend the 2018 Games, the 12-day spectacle of equestrian champions is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar and will be the largest equestrian event in North Carolina’s history. Mark Bellissimo, CEO of host venue Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Tryon, NC, announced today that tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, October 16, 2017. Competition action at WEG 2018 runs from September 12 through September 23, 2018, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for September 11.

A variety of ticketing types and prices will be offered such as an All Games Pass for each week of competition or both weeks, an All Session Day Pass, All Session Discipline Pass, as well as individual
Two days in October that will shape the future of US Equestrian Sports
Published on: 08/25/2017
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) extends an invitation to those interested in any of the eight FEI international horse sport disciplines - including jumping, dressage, eventing, reining, vaulting, combined driving, para-equestrian and endurance – to gather in Omaha on October 23-24, 2017.

Opportunities will be available to meet with many of the US Equestrian Team’s top athletes, trainers, team managers, chefs d’equipe, coaches, veterinarians, physiotherapists and other leaders from these disciplines. OEF, host of the successful FEI World Cup Finals™ in jumping and dressage in 2017, is offering those interested in various equestrian disciplines an opportunity to interact with some of the leaders who are shaping the future of the USA in major international competition.

Ticket Packages Include:
A unique clinic at which three Olympic coaches/athletes from jumping, eventing and dressage assess and assist high-level riders. Your ticket allows you to audit t
Laura Kraut and Confu Secure Gold Medal Win for Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at FEI Nations Cup™ CS
Published on: 08/14/2017
Olympians Kraut and Lauren Hough collect double clear performance as part of winning effort

Dublin, Ireland – Laura Kraut and Confu’s double-clear performance fended off a potential jump-off against France to help lead the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team to gold medal honors at FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO5* Dublin on Friday. As part of this prestigious competition, Ireland’s President Michael Higgins awarded the U.S. team the prestigious Aga Kahn Trophy for the seventh time and the first for an all-female U.S. team. Lauren Hough, Lillie Keenan, Kraut, and Beezie Madden represented the U.S. and finished on zero faults. Together, they accumulated six clear rounds, while Kraut and Hough secured two out of the four double clear rounds in the competition. France finished with five faults, followed by The Netherlands with seven faults.
The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team celebrate their win (©Rockmountain Studios / Rolf Stenberg)

“The Aga Kahn Trophy is probab
Kristin Hardin Wins again!
Published on: 07/23/2017
Kristin Hardin Wins again!

Firestone S and Kristin Hardin
Captured Moments Photography

The night belonged to Kristin Hardin who finished first and second in the $25,000 Markel Insurance GrandPrix at the Santa Barbara National.

Nicole Teague's Firestone S led the victory gallop, and Aran (Pamela Levin, owner) finished second.
Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Wins Second Consecutive FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition Great M
Published on: 07/23/2017
Jennie Brannigan Captures Second Individual Title at GMI
by Classic Communications and the US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 9, 2017, 4:58 PM EST

The Plains, Va. – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team won the FEI Nations Cup™ CICO3*at the Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan, for the second consecutive year. The team of Jennie Brannigan, Lynn Symansky, Phillip Dutton, and Boyd Martin defeated teams from Canada and Great Britain in the only FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition outside Europe. Brannigan also captured her second individual title at Great Meadow, having won previously in 2015.

Cross country course designer Mike Etherington-Smith reversed the direction and order of the fences from last year with the intention of generating interest for both the competitors and spectators. The change proved to be challenging for some,though not for the U.S. team. All four riders completed the course without any jumping penalties.

US Equestrian Announces Nominated Entries for FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies
Published on: 07/23/2017
Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian has named the following combinations as nominated entries for the 2017 FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies, August 15-20, in Minden-Kutenhausen, Germany:

Pair Pony

Katie Whaley (Paris, Ky.) with her own Tommy, a 2003 Welsh Cross gelding, and Tanner, a 2006 Welsh Cross gelding, and Barbara Sims’s Night Flyer, a 2000 Welsh Section C gelding

Single Pony

Leslie Berndl (Newcastle, Calif.) with Teressa Kandianis’s Sweetwater’s Zorah Belle, a 2004 Norwegian Fjord mare

Miranda Cadwell (Southern Pines, N.C.) with her own Cannon’s Majestic Leyla, a 2003 Welsh Cross mare

Tracey Morgan (Beallsville, Md.) with her own Fuego 88, a 2001 German Riding Pony gelding

Note: FEI rules permit the U.S. to submit two entries per class. US Equestrian has requested that the organizers allow the U.S. to enter another individual in the single pony championship in hopes all U.S. nominated entries may
Kraut and Ward Lift Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team to Silver Medal Tie at FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO5* Aac
Published on: 07/23/2017
Olympians Kraut and Ward go double clear in come-from-behind podium finish

Aachen, Germany – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team climbed from behind to secure a silver medal tie with Switzerland in the FEI Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in Aachen, Germany on Thursday. A podium finish depended on clear rounds from Olympic team gold medalists McLain Ward and HH Azur and Laura Kraut and Zeremonie. Like clockwork, the combinations came through in the clutch for double-clear performances. The U.S. and Switzerland ended on eight faults while home country Germany won gold with zero faults.

“We brought our ‘A’ team to Aachen. We have so much respect for Aachen, and we almost pulled it off. It’s tough knowing midway through the first round that the best score you can get is eight faults. We were fully confident that we could correct some mistakes and stay on zero the rest of the way and let the field come back to us. The Germans were just a be
The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Wins Silver at FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO5* Aachen
Published on: 07/23/2017
Graves and Verdades Win Grand Prix Special

Aachen, Germany – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team won the silver medal at the FEI Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in Aachen, Germany on Saturday with a final score of 450.392. Rio Olympic team bronze medalist Laura Graves and Verdades were foot perfect as they bested the field of competitors, unseating Germany’s Isabell Werth in the Grand Prix Special to win with a final a score of 81.824%.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Kasey Perry-Glass, Laura Graves, and Adrienne Lyle (Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman Photo)

“These incredible young ladies are just super athletes along with super wonderful horses, some of which are brand new to arenas such as this,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover. “I was over-wrought with emotion about them landing in second place halfway through this Nations Cup. On the one hand, a part of me expects that, I expect excellence. Still, it is an extra thrill to have this youthful look
NEWS Gavin Moylan Cashes Out In the $30,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Culpepe
Published on: 07/17/2016
Culpeper, Va. - As the curtain closed on Showday National at HITS Culpeper on Sunday, riders returned to the Grand Prix ring to contend for the top prize in the $30,000 HITS Grand Prix.

Hot off a win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix, Gavin Moylan returned to the jumper ring and topped the Grand Prix field to stake claims on the blue ribbon once again. The Middleburg, Virginia, equestrian’s victory came aboard Pernod, owned by Alpha Omega Farm of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Finishes Sixth at CICO3* Aachen
Published on: 07/17/2016
Aachen, Germany – The DHL-Prize CICO3* at CHIO Aachen concluded Saturday with the cross-country phase. Led by Chef d'Equipe David O’Connor, the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team of Matt Brown, Hannah Sue Burnett, Phillip Dutton, and Lauren Kieffer finished in sixth on a total of 203.30 penalties. Taking the Gold medal was Australia on a total of 145.40, followed by Germany in second on 154.90, and Ireland in third on 179.90. Michael Jung of Germany rode fisherTakinou to the individual win on a total of 42.40.
Receive an Autographed Photo and Support the U.S. Equestrian Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paraly
Published on: 07/17/2016
Gladstone, N.J. – July 5, 2016 – On Wednesday, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) named the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team — the last athlete-and-horse combinations selected to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With teams now selected in all four disciplines and preparing for Rio, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for donors who support athletes in Rio and beyond during the 2016 Games.

National News

UC Davis Veterinarians and Firefighters Participate at Urban Shield 2017
Published on: 09/22/2017
Dr. Claudia Sonder, in green vest, discusses equine rescue scenarios with firefighters at Urban Shield 2017.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and the UC Davis Fire Department recently orchestrated a large animal rescue component for this year’s major emergency services resilience challenge, Urban Shield 2017. Representing one of four technical challenges for urban search and rescue (USAR) teams across the region, this was the first time animal rescue was featured at the event.

Urban Shield is an Alameda County (CA) regional preparedness exercise that assesses the overall Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative’s regional response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training. The program tests regional integrated systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery in high-threat, high-density urban areas. The overarching goals of Urban Shield include striving for the capability
Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Granted Extra Time, Procedures, to Document
Published on: 09/14/2017
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by the hurricanes, USDA will provide additional flexibility to assist farm loan borrowers.
“The impact is shocking and will be felt for many months,” said Secretary Perdue. “In addition to efforts being made on the ground to assist producers, we have taken a hard look at our regular reporting requirements and adjusted them so producers can take care of pressing needs first and mostly deal with documentation and claims later. President Trump’s directive is to help people first and deal with paperwork second. And that’s what USDA is doing.”
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), is authorizing emergency procedures on a case-by-case basis to assist impacted borrowers, livestock owners, contract
Prairie's Edge Dairy's 2nd Trident System Installed to Recover NPK Nutrients from Dairy Cow Manure
Published on: 09/14/2017
"Trident's nutrient recovery process for dairy manure is now installed at a second location at Prairie's Edge Dairy Farms," announced Kerry Doyle, CEO of Trident Processes LLC. "Trident's new cold manure process makes nutrient recovery viable for thousands more dairymen." Trident is the leading company in the US for nutrient recovery technology for agriculture with processes that enable dairy farms to manage their livestock manure more effectively.

"Our system turns a liability into assets," says Doyle. "The concentrated nutrients recovered are ready for precision land application or fertilizer production, and the water sent to the lagoons is clean enough to be irrigated directly through center pivots without clogging."
Prairie's Edge (formerly Fair Oaks Farms) is located on I-65 between Chicago and Indianapolis. The farm is known for its leading role in the industry implementing sustainable technologies and its ma
Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Improvements for Customer Service & Efficiency
Published on: 09/11/2017
(Washington, D.C., September 7, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the realignment of a number of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to improve customer service and maximize efficiency. The actions involve innovation, consolidation, and the rearrangement of certain offices into more logical organizational reporting structures. The changes build on the reorganization Perdue announced in May. As with the previous realignment, today’s announced restructuring comes with the intention of handling any staffing changes through attrition or reassignment.

“On my first day as secretary, I told our employees that I wanted USDA to be the most effective, most efficient, and best managed department in the federal government. These changes will move us further toward that goal,” Perdue said. “We are already providing our customers with great service, and our career professionals are among the best in the federal government, but
Perdue Applauds President Trump’s Selections for Key USDA Posts
Published on: 09/11/2017
(Washington, D.C., September 1, 2017) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s selection of three individuals for key positions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The president announced Gregory Ibach as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP), Bill Northey as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC), and Stephen Vaden as USDA’s General Counsel.

The Under Secretary for MRP oversees three critical USDA agencies: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; the Agricultural Marketing Service; and the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration. The Under Secretary for FPAC oversees three critical USDA agencies: the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.

“I look forward to the confirmations of Greg Ibach, Bill Northey, and Stephen Vaden, and urge the Senate to take up their nominations as quickly
Published on: 08/14/2017
ELKO, Nev. –The BLM is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment which analyzes the impact to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Antelope and Triple B wild horse complexes in Eastern Nevada to reduce overpopulation and help prevent further damage to herd health and rangeland resources. The BLM estimates the herds in this area are more than four times the target population size, known as appropriate management level (AML). The proposed gather is tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017.

The BLM estimated the wild horse population in both complexes to be approximately 7,739 as of March, which does not include new foals born this year; the combined AML is 899-1,678 wild horses. By implementing the actions outlined in the proposed wild horse gather plan environmental assessment, the BLM would be able to improve vegetation, habitat, and watershed health; removing excess animals would also continue to make significant progress t
Published on: 08/14/2017
WASHINGTON – Following a ​trip to New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced he and the Department - through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - intend to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness to be included as part of the wilderness​.

If approved, the donated land will provide public access to the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, which is wholly surrounded by non-federal land. By adding the donated land, the Sabinoso will connect with neighboring BLM land and make the Sabinoso accessible to the public for the first time ever.

"I'm happy to announce today the Department intends to finalize the process to consider whether to accept 3,595 acres to make the Sabinoso Wilderness area accessible to hunters and all members of the public for the first time ever," said Secretary Zinke. "Expanding access to h
Published on: 08/14/2017
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is no longer under review​ and that he will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument. The monument was under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order.

“Today I’m announcing that​ Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s review process has concluded and I am recommending no changes be made to the monument​,” ​​said Secretary Zinke. “The land has some of the most pristine and undeformed geological formations in North America, which show the scientific history of our earth while containing thousands of years of human relics and fossils.”

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located in northwest Arizona, and was designated in 2000. The monument encompasses over a million acres, and is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.
AHC Applauds Rep. Barr (R-KY), House Lawmakers, for Passage of Equine Therapy Amendment, Increased S
Published on: 08/14/2017
Prior to adjourning for the August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the “Make America Secure Appropriations Act” (H.R. 3219) offered by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a bill that will increase equine therapy funding for veterans by $5 million during FY2018. In a statement released Friday, July 28, Congressman Barr expressed his pleasure over passage of the defense spending legislation. He stated that he is “particularly pleased that the final bill … expands the availability of evidence-based equine treatment for veterans who have suffered trauma while serving our country.”

Before the equine therapy provision becomes law, House and Senate lawmakers must convene a “conference” to negotiate final legislation for a vote in both chambers, and present the bill to the President for his signature. Because the House will not return to Washington until September 5, Congress will not be able to negotiate a final bill until the fall. Following failure o
Tell Lawmakers to Reduce Red Tape for Guest Workers, Small Business
Published on: 08/14/2017
August 10, 2017

As members of Congress return to their home states to visit constituents through Labor Day, the American Horse Council urges members to advocate for legislative solutions to the federal government’s beleaguered temporary worker visa program. To fix the regulatory chaos that plagues the H-2B application process, tell your elected officials – whether during a town hall meeting or visit to the local farmers’ market – to support the important measures below. In the event you don’t see your elected officials this summer, you can contact their D.C. offices at 202-225-3121, where staff members will note your concerns and brief your representatives when they return in the fall:

Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations

For immediate relief, tell lawmakers to support H-2B cap and regulatory flexibility through the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process. Congress is considering language in the current spending bill that will force agencies to manage the
Congress Continues to Promote Land Access, Gives Momentum to “Trails Act” Victory
Published on: 08/14/2017
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the “Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (RNR)” (S. 1633, H.R. 3400), legislation that expands the scope of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (PL 114-245), signed into law in late 2016. While the RNR focuses on streamlined permitting to access public lands, the bill includes provisions that would authorize the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to enter into cooperative agreements with private parties to promote the role of volunteers in trail maintenance. The bill also authorizes the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and BLM to develop an interagency trail management plan that will assure uniform maintenance standards for trails crossing jurisdictional lines between the two agencies.

The Trails Act outlines a detailed program including goals and timetables by which the USDA will leverage private partners to clear trails long overdue for maintenance. Unlike the RNR Ac
Making Our Military Strong Again
Published on: 08/13/2017
Our men and women in uniform are the greatest fighting force in the world and the guardians of American freedom. That’s why the Trump Administration will rebuild our military and do everything it can to make sure our veterans get the care they deserve.

Our military needs every asset at its disposal to defend America. We cannot allow other nations to surpass our military capability. The Trump Administration will pursue the highest level of military readiness.

President Trump will end the defense sequester and submit a new budget to Congress outlining a plan to rebuild our military. We will provide our military leaders with the means to plan for our future defense needs.

We will also develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system to protect against missile-based attacks from states like Iran and North Korea.

Cyberwarfare is an emerging battlefield, and we must take every measure to safeguard our national security secrets and systems. We will
The United States is rapidly becoming a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years
Published on: 08/13/2017
U.S. emerging as powerful force in LNG trade

New Census Bureau data show that, by value, the United States was again a net exporter in June 2017, selling about $593 million worth of natural gas to the world while importing $566 million via gas pipelines from Canada and as liquefied natural gas. … With new pipeline and LNG export capacity coming online soon, the United States should close out 2017 as a net exporter of natural gas, a situation that hasn't been seen since 1957, according to EIA.

The United States is rapidly becoming a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years.

That's according to data from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While imports of gas are flat or falling, exports continue to rise, and the data give weight to government analysts’ conviction that the United States is on track to become a net energy exporter, possibly as soon as within a decade.

EIA noted in a
Statement of Secretary Perdue Regarding Japan's Planned Increase of Tariff on U.S. Frozen Beef
Published on: 08/13/2017
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 – The government of Japan has announced that rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year (April-June) have triggered a safeguard, resulting in an automatic increase to Japan's tariff rate under the WTO on imports of frozen beef from the United States. The increase, from 38.5 percent to 50 percent, will begin August 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018. The tariff would affect only exporters from countries, including the United States, which do not have free trade agreements with Japan currently in force.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement:

“I am concerned that an increase in Japan's tariff on frozen beef imports will impede U.S. beef sales and is likely to increase the United States’ overall trade deficit with Japan. This would harm our important bilateral trade relationship with Japan on agricultural products. It would also negatively affect Japanese
SmartPak Expands Popular Rewards Program
Published on: 08/13/2017
Even more horse owners are now eligible for SmartPak’s exclusive SmartPerks benefits!

PLYMOUTH, MA – July 31, 2017 – SmartPak is excited to announce that even more horse owners are now eligible for their popular exclusive SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on any order, any time. Now, horse owners who put supplement buckets and bags on AutoShip are eligible for the free benefits.

From joint health to hoof health and beyond, supplements work best when they’re fed consistently. After all, your horse’s joints are under stress every day, even when they’re not working hard. And your horse is constantly, slowly growing new hoof wall, which needs proper nutrition to provide a solid foundation. Smart riders choose AutoShip when ordering their horse’s supplements because they know it’s the easiest way to ensure that their horses never miss a dose of their supplements.

AutoShip is the smart subscription service that puts your supplements on auto-pilot,
Deadline to Take Survey to Update Economic Impact Survey Extended
Published on: 07/24/2017
(Washington, DC)- The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) announced today that it will be extending the deadline to complete the horse owner and supplier survey to update the National Economic Impact Study to August 18th.

“The survey has been open since the beginning of June, and unfortunately we have only had around 9,000 responses,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “We decided to extend the deadline for respondents to take the survey to ensure that we are getting as many responses as we can- we estimated that the survey link should be reaching approximately 900,000 people, and the 2005 Study had over 18,000 responses itself. The industry has waited a long time for this study to be updated and we want to be sure we are getting the full picture of the impact of the vast equine industry.”

The main survey is designed to capture the impact of individual horse owners (whether commercial or recreational) and industry suppliers of equine-related goods and service
Zinke's Department of the Interior mounting unprecedented attack on wildlife
Published on: 07/24/2017
Secretary Zinke got an assist last week from the House Appropriations Committee, which adopted an amendment to lift the long-term prohibition on the destruction of healthy wild horses and burros. This bill creates a pathway for the killing of animals currently in holding facilities and on the range. Above, burros at a BLM holding facility. Photo by Ruthanne Johnson/The HSUS

The Department of the Interior, under Secretary Ryan Zinke, isn’t mincing words or hedging its political bets. At least not so far. Last week, its leaders signaled that the department may dismantle a rule to restrict ruthless predator killing practices on some 20 million acres of National Park Service lands in Alaska. In his proposed budget for the department, Zinke indicated that he wants all options on the table in terms of wild horse and burro management in the West, including mass slaughter of the animals. And that came just a short time after the agency announced that it would delist grizzly bears in
Consumers, farmers deluge USDA in support of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule
Published on: 07/24/2017
The public has shown overwhelming support for this rule, which prohibits certain cruel practices like tail docking of cattle, the transportation of sick, injured, or lame animals, and the mulesing of sheep (cutting the skin from the back legs and rump).

An analysis completed by The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund revealed that of 47,000 comments received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to a request for public input on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (87 Fed. Reg. 7042), 99.5 percent opposed the agency’s delay of the rule and requested that the agency make it effective and put it in practice. This is an extraordinary outpouring of public concern about a long overdue upgrade and clarification of the organic standards and it would mark a much-needed improvement in federal animal welfare standards for pigs, chickens, cattle, and other farm animals.

The Obama Administration’s USDA promulgated the final rule on Jan
Private horse owner liability insurance
Published on: 07/23/2017
Could your horse kick someone or cause property damage to others?

If you own horses but do not operate a commercial horse business, our private horse owner liability policy can protect you against legal claims that your horse caused bodily injury or property damage to someone on or off your premises. For example, if your horse got loose in the road and caused an accident or injured someone at a show, you could be held liable.

Coverage highlights

Coverage applies on or off premises anywhere in the U.S., Canada, and U.S. territories
Various limits available
General liability aggregate limits are 3 times the liability per occurrence limit
Medical payments up to $5,000 included
Can be added to your mortality policy
Coverage is offered for bodily injury and property damage, done only by a horse which is scheduled on this policy. This coverage is not available to individuals involved in commercial equin
Farrier insurance
Published on: 07/23/2017
What kind of protection does the farrier insurance program provide?

If a person (other than an employee) is injured on your premises or as a result of your business activities, you are covered. If property is damaged because of your negligence you are also covered. You are protected for claims against products you sell or work you have performed. If a horse is injured or dies while in your care, custody and control, you are covered up to certain limits spelled out in the policy. In addition, your equipment and supplies are covered against loss or damage!

General liability: (including legal defense costs) on an occurrence form up to limits of $300,000 CSL, $500,000 CSL or $1,000,000 CSL.

On and off premises: protection against claims made and legal judgements rendered against you and your business due to bodily injury or property damage caused by your farrier activities, regardless of where the claim occurred (claims by employees are not covered)
Senate Appropriations Committee Vote on Horse Slaughter Defunding
Published on: 07/23/2017
The Senate Committee on Appropriations voted July 20 in favor of an amendment offered by Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), to defund the USDA’s inspection of horse slaughter, a renewal of what was effectively a ban on the practice.

Today’s vote for the Udall-Graham Amendment means the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Bill may move forward with language limiting USDA action in the inspection of animals, facilities or products associated with horse slaughter. On July 12, however, the House Appropriations Committee voted against a similar amendment that would defund USDA inspection of horse slaughter, setting the stage for possible negotiations on the final spending bill.

Horse slaughter plants in the United States were closed in 2007 when funding for USDA inspection was halted through the appropriations approval process. Horse slaughter inspections will remain unfunded through September 30, 2017, when the current fiscal year will end. Further inf
National Day of the Morgan: Are You Signed Up?
Published on: 07/23/2017
In an effort to introduce people who are unfamiliar with the breed we love, AMHA is organizing an event targeting the general public. Dubbed "Day of the Morgan," this event will open the doors to more than 100 Morgan barns across the country! Visitors will get an up close and personal introduction to the best breed on earth!

The event is slated to take place on October 28, with a "rain date" of November 4 if you have a conflict.

Whether you have a couple of Morgans that you pleasure ride on the weekends or have a large training stable, commit to promoting the breed with an open barn. Perhaps you have a dependable Morgan on which you can give pony rides? If you are into carriage driving, a ride in your buggy around the farm would be fabulous! If you can do demonstrations, great! But if you can't, no problem! If nothing else, let your visitors brush, pet, feed a horse a carrot or take a selfie! This is your day to make your Morgans shine! &
FREE Live Streaming at 2017 Morgan Grand National
Published on: 07/23/2017
The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® is happy to announce this year’s live feed will be brought to you FREE at

With the help of the expert production team at Richfield Video, every minute of this magnificent Morgan event will be brought to you live from start to finish beginning Saturday, October 7. And there is still time to become an advertiser and reach thousands of viewers live throughout the week and on our website into the future! Contact C. A. "Tony" Lee at for more details.

Competition for this year's show begins Saturday, October 7 with three shows daily through Saturday, October 14. Show times will be at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. each day. For more information on the 2017 horse show and for updates, log on to
In China, Perdue Welcomes U.S. Beef back to Market
Published on: 07/23/2017
Slices Ceremonial Prime Rib, Meets with Chinese Officials in Beijing

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (center) ceremonially cuts into a Nebraska prime rib in Beijing, marking the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market. Perdue is joined by Craig Uden (left), president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and Luan Richeng (right), of state-owned Chinese importer COFCO.

(Beijing, China, June 30, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today joined with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to slice a Nebraska prime rib in a Beijing ceremony, formally marking the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year hiatus. Perdue celebrated the reintroduction of American beef products to China after shipments were halted at the end of 2003. The return of U.S. beef and beef products is a part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action Plan announced by the Trump Administration on May 11, 2017, with the first shipment of U.S. beef arriv
Introducing MAGAnomics
Published on: 07/23/2017
Mulvaney: “Introducing MAGAnomics”

“If we enact the president’s broad agenda—if MAGAnomics is allowed to work—we will have set the stage for the greatest revival of the American economy since the early 1980s. It will remind people—including those who have forgotten, or those who don’t want you to remember—what a great America means. That is driving everything we do.”

Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2017

If the Trump administration has one overarching goal, it’s to Make America Great Again. But what does this mean? It means we are promoting MAGAnomics—and that means sustained 3% economic growth.

For most of our nation’s modern history, a healthy American economy meant one that grew at roughly 3.5%. That was the average growth rate between the late 1940s and 2007. Since then, it has hardly topped 2%.

The difference between those two growth rates is staggering. If the American economy had grown at only 2% betwe
Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better
Published on: 07/21/2017
Modest changes in the way broiler birds are raised are likely to have consequences for nine billion birds a year. In the work that The HSUS does to relieve animal suffering, there’s no category with as many lives at stake.

Maryland-based Perdue Farms, one of the biggest brands in the production of poultry raised for meat, is making one of the most important announcements of any major producer in the field. Last summer, The HSUS – along with Compassion in World Farming and Mercy For Animals – worked with Perdue to commit the company to a series of reforms to address chronic animal welfare problems (a separate set of problems from the mistreatment of laying hens in the egg industry that we’re also campaigning to change). These policies address the inhumane way chickens are bred (to grow so large so fast that they suffer crippling and even fatal injuries), the cramped and barren facilities they spend their lives in, and the inhumane slaughter systems that dominate the poultry i
Is Alfalfa Bad For Horses?
Published on: 07/21/2017
Is Alfalfa Bad For Horses?

A rift has drifted through the horsing community. The discussion on alfalfa has become a battleground. “It’s got too much of this” or “not enough of that.” With the explosion of alfalfa production in the western United States, in some areas it’s become the only stored forage available. This has led to alfalfa being blamed (justly or unjustly) for many horse-related complications. The simple fact is that many horses are raised and perform each year on diets consisting largely of alfalfa. The real secret comes from understanding the benefits of alfalfa and knowing how to balance out its weaknesses.

The Protein Issue

80% of horses’ muscles and 20% of their skeletal systems are made up of protein. It’s the second major constituent of a horse’s body, water being the first. Protein is vital for a horse’s ability to grow, repair and form new tissue. It also plays an essential role in the formation of enzymes, hormones, blood solids a
Key Senate committee says 'neigh' to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants
Published on: 07/21/2017
Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee – whose members constitute nearly a third of the entire chamber – voted with nary a controversy in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the bipartisan effort, with fellow committee members Sens. Christopher Coons, D-Del., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., cosponsoring the amendment in a great display of strength for the anti-slaughter stance.

This vote comes just a week after a closely divided House committee voted in favor of horse slaughter. The House and Senate committees are now in disagreement, and key lawmakers will have to settle this item among others in dispute.

But we’ll have a leg up in those negotiations because today’s vote in the Senate was an emphatic statement against horse slaughter for human consumption. Given the overwhelming
Unique Horse Park To Be Built In OKC Posted: Sep 29, 2016 6:24PM CDT Tiffany Liou, News 9 A new park
Published on: 10/11/2016
Unique Horse Park To Be Built In OKC

A new park is coming to Oklahoma City near Stockyards City. It will be called the Oklahoma River Horse Park.

On Thursday, designs were unveiled along with a staking ceremony to celebrate.

"It's extremely unique and everyone that has heard of the concept has been really excited about it," said Rhonda Hooper, Chair of the Oklahoma River Horse Park Task Force.

She said a small group of people came up with the idea of an equestrian park years ago, and it is going to become a reality.

The renderings show a welcome center, stables, and a covered arena. An area on South Agnew Avenue will be the starting point of four to six miles of horseback riding trails along the Oklahoma River.

The first phase of the project will allow people to bring their own horses to the park. Eventually, visitors can rent a horse to ride along th
USDA Honors Wells Fargo as "Champion of Rural Housing" USDA Rural Development Celebrates Private-Pub
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah today presented Wells Fargo with a Champion of Rural Housing award as part of USDA's observance of National Homeownership Month.
"USDA is fortunate to work with many outstanding lenders, but none stood out for special recognition as prominently as Wells Fargo," Mensah said. "Since 1992, Wells Fargo has worked with us to help more than 131,000 rural families obtain loans to finance their piece of the American Dream.
Forest Service Survey Finds Record 66 Million Dead Trees in Southern Sierra Nevada Underscores Need
Published on: 07/17/2016
VALLEJO, Calif., June 22, 2016 - The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it has identified an additional 26 million trees dead in California since October 2015. These trees are located in six counties across 760,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada region of the state, and are in addition to the 40 million trees that died statewide from 2010 to October 2015, bringing the total to at least 66 million dead trees. Four consecutive years of severe drought in California, a dramatic rise in bark beetle infestation and warmer temperatures are leading to historic levels of tree die-off.
USDA Announces $49 Million Public-Private Investment to Improve Critical Wetlands in 12 States WASHI
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 States. Recipients for each project are providing more than $4.3 million in matching funds, bringing the total investment to approximately $49 million. In total, the projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 wetland acres in critical watersheds across the United States.
White House Rural Council Announces Assistance to Grow Small Business Exports Made In Rural America
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 - The White House Rural Council (WHRC), today announced a workshop series to provide targeted assistance for rural small businesses working to grow demand through international sales. The announcement was made by WHRC Chair Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.
USDA Invests More than $9 Million to Support Small Businesses in 12 States WASHINGTON, July 15, 2016
Published on: 07/17/2016
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the investment of more than $9 million inloans and grantsto support job growth and economic development in 12 states. The funding is being provided through USDA'sRural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program, through which USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to utilities that lend funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment.

Reining Horse

NRHA announces 2018 Hall of Fame Honoree
Published on: 09/22/2017
September 07, 2017 - Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Vaughn Zimmerman for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2018.

A lifetime member since 1994, NRHA Million Dollar Owner Vaughn Zimmerman of Rogersville, Missouri, served on the initial board of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) from 2001 through 2004 and is an RHF Gold Donor. He served several years as an NRHA Board member (2005-2009) and was a member of the NRHA Finance, Sale, Hall of Fame, and Sire & Dam Committees. His recommendation to the NRHA Board created the Million Dollar Owners award in an effort to recognize and encourage owners’ long-time involvement in the sport.

An NRHA Corporate Partner and National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Gold Sponsor, Zimmerman has provided sponsorships at many regional and major events such as the Tu
NRHA Board of Directors Concludes Another Successful Meeting This Year
Published on: 08/26/2017
For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – August 25, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors converged together in Oklahoma City for two days to review committee recommendations and show conditions, as well as a variety of other items. This marked the third in person meeting held by both groups in 2017.

“I continue to be tremendously proud of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and staff,” said NRHA President Mike Deer after the conclusion of the meeting. “The amount of hours, dedication, and passion that each one of them pour into the association, day in and day out, to make the sport of reining the pinnacle of the western world is just astounding.”

NRHA Strategic Plan
In the Spring of 2017, more than 1,000 NRHA members participated in an electronic survey, and another group of members gave input via phone interviews. The results were shared with the board and an appointed planning gro
Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team Collects Silver at 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships
Published on: 08/14/2017
Givrins, Switzerland – A talented group of up-and-coming athletes represented the Platinum Performance U.S. Teams at the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders on August 11 and 12. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Jeff Petska, the U.S. combinations put forth determined efforts throughout the championships. The Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team of Sam Flarida, Emma Lane, and Emilia Reutimann earned the team silver medal on Friday, while the Platinum Performance U.S. Young Rider Team of Gabriella Kammerer, Dani Latimer, Cade McCutcheon, and Jack Medows had strong performances to finish in fourth in their team championship. Six U.S. combinations moved on to the individual championship and gained valuable experience on the international stage.

“Hats off to our first team of juniors and young riders to compete in international competition," Petska said. "Our Junior team captured silver in a tough field and overcame some adversity o
NRHA 2018 European Affiliate Championships Update
Published on: 08/13/2017
In 2017, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Council made the decision to move the qualification timeline for the 2018 European Affiliate Championships to a calendar year.

The qualification timeline now runs January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. When asked about the new qualification period, Samantha Oldfield had this to say: “Riders who have shown since January of 2017 may have already contributed to their qualification for the 2018 European Championships, which will be held during one of Europe’s most prestigious events, the 2018 European Futurity.”

After much discussion, the Council opted for this decision as it works better with the new location of the European Affiliate Championships, which will now be held in conjunction with the 2018 European Futurity in Cremona, Italy. The European Council is excited to merge the two worlds together of aged events and ancillary riders. They hope that the camaraderie, support and sportsmanship from b
The Candidates Are Set – NRHA Elections
Published on: 08/13/2017
Each year, NRHA members are given the opportunity to nominate and elect representatives to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The final deadline to nominate candidates passed on August 2, so a complete slate of candidates now can be presented to the membership for consideration.

Votes in this year’s election (October 1 – November 1) will determine the names of:

Two members to serve on the Executive Committee as a Director-At-Large
One member per region to serve as a North American Regional Director (On a rotational basis, approximately half of the regions have this opportunity each year)
Eligible voting members will receive voting information via email prior to October 1.


Each voting member will be given the opportunity to cast a vote for two Director-At-Large candidates. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes will have a two-year term, and the second-largest vote-
U.S. Junior Team for the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders
Published on: 07/23/2017
Lexington, Ky. - Ready to compete in the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Junior and Young Riders August 9-12, this group of up-and-coming junior riders is prepared to impress as they spin, slide, and rollback into Givrins, Switzerland. Gain an insider perspective and learn more about the members of the Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team:

Sam Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) is an accomplished 14-year-old who started riding and showing with his dad when he was nine years old. In his short career, Flarida is already a three-time All American Quarter Horse Congress Champion and has placed in both ancillary and aged horse National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) events. Flarida is proud to ride Footwork Revolution, a 2010 Quarter Horse Stallion owned by his lifelong friend Katsy Leeman. "Footwork" has won over $100,000 in both Open and Non Pro NRHA events. In their first time competing together, Flarida and Footwork qualified by winning the Syracuse, New
Welcome Back, NY
Published on: 07/17/2017
For the first time in more than a decade, New York riders had an opportunity to compete in a sanctioned National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) event. The NCHA Challenger Series was held July 8-9, 2017 in Fulton at Carousel Farms, managed by Upstate Cow Horse Production. This was the first NCHA Challenger Series ever held in New York. The event featured some of the largest classes of any NCHA show produced in the North East and offered a $2,000 Limited Rider Class. A total of 63 entries participated in the competition and paid out over $1100 in NCHA monies.

Ray Dart from Smethport, PA secured the NCHA $2000 Limited Rider Circuit Championship Trophy with a 2nd place finish on Saturday and then winning the first place check on Sunday which was a very emotional experience for the Dart Family. Earlier this year Mr. Dart was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer; the prognosis wasn’t good. He has a very aggressive cancer that spreads quickly, so armed with a Cutting Horse c
US Equestrian Names Platinum Performance U.S. Teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships fo
Published on: 07/17/2017
Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian has named a group of up-and-coming athletes to the U.S. teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders, August 9-12, in Givrins, Switzerland. Platinum Performance will serve as the title sponsor for the junior and young rider teams at the inaugural championships.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the U.S. (in alphabetical order):

Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team

Sam Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) with Katsy Leeman’s Footwork Revolution, a 2010 Quarter Horse stallion

Emma Lane (Gates, N.C.) with Bundy Lane’s Gunner Gump, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Emilia Reutimann (Sherrills Ford, N.C.) with Lisa Reutimann’s Black Hails Gold, a 2010 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Bo Van Duys (Westcliffe, Colo.) with her own and Holly Van Duys’s Wimpy’s Lucky Girl, a 2009 Quarter Horse mare

Platinum Performance U.S. Young Rider Team
Meet the Candidates – 2017 NRHA Elections
Published on: 07/17/2017
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors are responsible for managing the business of the Association and for representing the best interests of its members and the Association as a whole. Each year, NRHA opens nominations and hosts elections for these important leadership positions.

Members are encouraged to carefully consider the slate of candidates prior to voting in October. A current listing is provided below; however, write-in candidates can be submitted through August 2. A final listing will be emailed to eligible voters and posted in the Members Only section of

For details on the write-in process or questions about the elections, please visit the Members Only section or contact Christa Morris-Stone ( or 405-946-7400).


(TWO SEATS) To begin staggered terms as described in the NRHA Bylaws, the Board has approved that the candidate recei
Collegiate Reining Championship
Published on: 07/17/2017
For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 2, 2017 – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the Collegiate Reining Championship on June 30. However the title of champion didn’t come easy, as it took a runoff to decide the winner for this year.

Hannah Mitchell won the championship with a score of 222.5 with The Boominator donated to the competition by James Hotz.

Mitchell took the victory after a run off with Julia Spreng, who ended up Reserve Champion scoring 220.5 with HR Dun By Whiz owned by Randy and Sharon Reecer. Both competitors tied after their first runs scoring 217.5.

Mitchell is a freshman at Oklahoma State University and is a native of Cuba, Missouri. Spreng is a sophomore at University of Georgia majoring in Business. A native of Port Orange, Florida qualified to compete at the Collegiate Reining Championship through NRHA.

The Collegiate Reining Championship consists of 12 riders – four from the

Cutting Horse

Home Run! Metallic Cat Sells to Rocking P Ranch
Published on: 09/24/2017
On September 20 the legendary cutting stallion Metallic Cat sold in what is surely one – if not the – biggest sale transactions in the cutting horse industry. That afternoon, the star horse unloaded at his new home at Rocking P Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. Alvin and Becky Fults, who owned and promoted Metallic Cat since he was a 3-year-old, officially sealed the deal with new owner Bobby Patton in negotiations brokered by Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock.
“This is a very emotional day for us,” said Becky Fults. “This horse was our whole life for nine years, and he has impacted our family in more ways than I can begin to express. This was the biggest and hardest decision of our lives.”

With business interests in gas, oil, insurance and ranching, Patton is a partner of Guggenheim Baseball Management, which in April 2012 purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2015, Patton slid into a the sport of cutting when he bought leading cutting sire Boon San in Walton’s Roc
NCHA Statement On Horse Abuse
Published on: 09/18/2017
In recent days, the NCHA has received reports of horse abuse allegedly occurring on private property, outside the context of NCHA approved or produced shows.

The NCHA wants to make clear that it is strongly committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of the horse. To that end, the NCHA has a long established Zero Tolerance Policy which prohibits mistreatment of a horse on the show grounds of any show approved or produced by the NCHA. The NCHA has in the past, and will continue in the future, to strictly enforce this policy at all NCHA approved or produced shows. The NCHA urges you to report any kind of horse abuse occurring on the show grounds of an NCHA approved or produced show to the NCHA Executive Director.

The NCHA does not have authority under its rules to police any kind of alleged horse abuse that occurs on private property and not within the context of an NCHA approved or produced show. However, the NCHA is ardently opposed to mistreat
NCHA Triple Crown
Published on: 09/18/2017
The National Cutting Horse Association has been working very tediously to come up with innovative ways for the members to be able to experience the great sport of “Cutting” on a limited budget, The Challenger Series is one of the shows that seems to be attracting a lot of participation, this new program gives the show producers the ability to change variables such as fees, numbers of cattle used and even the time that they have to show their horse. This makes it possible to customize shows accordingly to geographic locations and regions. To go along with this program the NCHA Marketing Department has developed a “Triple Crown Package” which will give you the opportunity to promote/advertise your Stallion, Ranch, business etc., at The Futurity, The Super Stakes and the Summer Spectacular. This is an innovative approach that we hope will give everyone an opportunity to receive some great advertising within the Triple Crown Events at an affordable price.

For more information p
Members Hall of Fame
Published on: 09/18/2017
The recognition as a member of the Members Hall of Fame is the highest recognition the National Cutting Horse Association can bestow on an individual.

The eligibility requirements and nomination form will be available for members to submit nominations to the attention of the Executive Director in the NCHA office. The Executive Director will review the nomination packets to determine those individuals that have met eligibility criteria. Names and nomination information are then forwarded to the selection committee who recommend the selections after careful examination of the packets. The Chairman of the Members Hall of Fame committee will present those selected members to the Executive Committee for final approval to the Members of Hall of Fame.

Nomination Criteria for entering into Members Hall of Fame:
The inductees will be selected based on the totality of their contributions to the National Cutting Horse Association. These wi
Cotton Stakes Open champions
Published on: 09/18/2017
The Cotton Stakes in West Monroe, La., concluded its eight day slate on Sunday, September 10, after crowning triple Futurity Open champions. A Wild Cat, with Dell Bell; La Bets Cash, under Austin Shepard; and Seven S Blue Rey, shown by Boyd Rice, all earned the top score of 219 points and $9,000, in the finals of the Cotton Stakes Open Futurity.

A Little Wild Cat LTE $10,411 also won the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Limited. The Boon A Little daughter is owned by Lisa Crossen, Era, Tex., who showed her dam, Wild Cat Girl LTE $28,582, to win the amateur division of The Non-Pro Classic and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic in 2015.

La Bets Cash LTE 10,681 was also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion. Owned by Les Ammons, Foley, Ala., the gelded son of Bet Hesa Cat is out of Hollys Holy Cash LTE $99,946 and a half-brother to Dontreynonmyparadesf LTE $46,157.

Seven S Blue Rey LTE $14,005, also the Cotton Stakes Futurity Open Gelding co-champion,
Mercuria WSOC
Published on: 09/18/2017
The Mercuria WSOC Non-Pro Finals at Rancho Murieta, CA, OFFICIAL RESULTS:

1.) Lauren Middleton on Sweet Reyvenge-222
2.) Carol Ward on Spooked By A Cat-219
3.) Elizabeth Quirk on Cats Out Of The Bag-217.5
4.) Tracey Woodward on Stylish Look Bella-217
5.) April Wildman on Woodys Baby-200
6.) Lindy Ashlock on Little Miss One Time-195
7.) Kylie Knight Rice on Snap Crackle Cat-0

The Mercuria WSOC Open Finals at Rancho Murieta, CA, OFFICIAL RESULTS:

1.) Tatum Rice on Eazee E - 228
2.) Morgan Cromer on Maid of Metal - 227
3.) Beau Galyean on Metallic Rebel - 222
4.) Mike Wood on Clays Little Kit Cat - 220
5.) Lindy Burch on Stylish Bet - 215
6.) Adan Banuelos on Notsharonmylizzy - 215
NCHA Summer Specatcular
Published on: 07/21/2017
On Wednesday, July 19, Fancy Rey, shown by Chris Hanson, and Ichis My Choice, with Grant Setnicka, tied with 222 points, the high score from the second go-round of the 2017 NCHA Classic Challenge Open, where a cumulative score of 435 points from the first and second round advanced 26 horses to the Finals.

Littlemak, with 221.5 points in the second go-round under Jon Burgess, claimed the high cumulative with 440.5 points, while Ichis My Choice, with Setnicka, and Play Miss Boonsmal, under Eddie Flynn, were second-highest with 440-point cumulatives, and Metallic Rebel, who won the first go-round with 223 points under Beau Galyean, tallied 439.5-points.

Grant Setnicka also scored 221.5 points in the second go-round on Texas Holy Cow Performance Horses-owned Metallic Mistress LTE $120,922, by Metallic Cat, to advance with 438 points, and qualified with a third mount, the 5-year-old Dual Rey son Two Time Dual LTE $103,380, owned by Jimmy Baros, Blanco, Tex. Setnicka wa
Calgary Mercuria Open FINALS
Published on: 07/17/2017
QB Cat, shown by Clint Allen for David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex., scored 225 points on Wednesday to win the 2017 Mercuria NCHA Calgary Stampede Open World Series of Cutting. Eazee E earned reserve with 224 points under Tatum Rice and Lil Magic Ike, with Dustin Gonnet, and Master Mate, with Doug Reinhardt, tied for third with 219 points.

Nine-year-old QB Cat, sired by High Brow Cat and out of Quintan Blue LTE $594,000, is currently ranked fifth with Clint Allen in this year’s NCHA World Championship Open standings. Owner Stacie McDavid also showed QB Cat LTE $137,559 in the non-pro finals of eight major limited age events.

Clint Allen, NCHA Hall of Fame rider and earner of $4,437,126, won the 20110 NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting Breeders Invitational Open with Faith N My Cat.

Eazee E, with career earnings of $115,509, shown by Tatum Rice for Kevin and Sydney Knight, Weatherford, Tex., was the high-scoring horse with 227 points from all

Paint Horse

Painted Turnpike becomes APHA’s new lifetime leading Paint racehorse
Published on: 08/14/2017
Track aficionados have been waiting and watching to see if Painted Turnpike could break the longstanding record for APHA lifetime racehorse earnings, and the 2013 bay solid Paint-bred stallion did not disappoint. His July 8 win in the 2017 Lewis Wartchow Paint & Appaloosa Stakes at Fair Meadows Racetrack launched Painted Turnpike into the role as APHA’s new lifetime leading Paint racehorse by money earned.

Recording a final time of 17:452 over 350 yards in the Lewis Wartchow Stakes, Painted Turnpike bested a field of five earning $8,460. Dashin JJ finished second a length-and-a-half behind, and CRM Radio Flyer was third. The victory surged Painted Turnpike’s lifetime earning to $363,872, overtaking the No. 1 spot on the lifetime leaders list from the legendary Got Country Grip.

Got Country Grip, a 2003 bay solid gelding by Country Quick Dash and out of Got A Grip, amassed $361,881 over his racing career. The gelding earned five consecutive World Champion Solid
APHF welcomes new members to its 2017 Board of Directors
Published on: 08/14/2017
The American Paint Horse Foundation, the non-profit arm of the American Paint Horse Association that focuses on the higher education of youth and the preservation of APHA’s heritage, is honored to introduce two new members selected to serve on the APHF Board of Directors. The new board members were installed February 28; their initial three-year terms will expire in 2020.

Mike Holloway

Mike Holloway, an APHA lifetime member, was born and raised in Jackson Mississippi. Along with wife Colleen, Mike has been breeding, showing and raising Honor Roll and world champion Paint Horses for almost 30 years. The couple current lives on an active farm in Brandon, Mississippi, but also have ventures with other farms in Ooltewah, Tennessee, and Peculiar, Missouri. Some of the most recognizable horses in our industry were raised on their farm in Brandon, including Ima Gallant Jet, Ima Hugable Jet and Hugable Dixon.

Mike believes in giving back to the horse industry.
$70,000 payout for Western pleasure and hunter under saddle specialty classes at APHA World Show
Published on: 08/14/2017
The Farnam Pleasure Stakes, Challenges and Sweepstakes classes for Western pleasure and hunter under saddle at the 2017 APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Show are more rewarding than ever. With the entry deadline fast approaching, don’t miss your chance to take home a piece of over $70,000 in added money and prizes earmarked for these events.

Farnam Pleasure Stakes

2-Year-Old Classes – $50,000+ combined total payout

Payout will be split 75% Open division and 25% Limited division
$5,000 added per class guaranteed
Non-Pro 3-and 4-Year-Old Classes ­- $7,000 total added money combined overall and split based on entries

Exhibitor or exhibitor’s family members must own/lease the horse. See Rules AM-020 and YP-015 for complete ownership/lease requirements.
Horses must have sold in the Stakes Session of the Farnam Breeders’ Trust Select Sale to be eligible. Horses can be shown in the Farnam Western Pleasure Stakes and/or the Fa
Big bucks on the table for 2017 APHA World Show reining challenges
Published on: 08/14/2017
More than $40,000 has been added to the reining challenge classes at the 2017 APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Show, taking place September 20–October 1 in Fort Worth, Texas—now, there are more reasons than ever to saddle up and slide your Paint to a big payday. This year, the challenge classes will be leveled using NRHA’s edibility criteria with three levels taking place concurrently. All classes are NRHA dual-approved.

Breakdown of added money for the 2017 World Show’s reining challenges are:

4-, 5- & 6-Year-Old Reining Challenge (NRHA Level 4, 3, 2) – $15,000 added
Open Level 4 – $10,000 added / Open Level 3 – $3,000 added / Open Level 2 – $2,000 added
Non-Pro 4-, 5- & 6-Year-Old Reining Challenge (NRHA Level 4, 3, 2) – $15,000 added
Non-Pro Level 4 – $10,000 added / Non-Pro Level 3 – $3,000 added / Non-Pro Level 2 – $2,000 added
3-Year-Old Reining Challenge (NRHA Level 4, 3, 2) – $5,000 added
Open Level 4 – $2,000 added / O
APHA names 2017 Hall of Fame Class
Published on: 08/14/2017
From a wooden kitchen table and a handful of registrations to becoming the world’s second-largest equine breed association, APHA and the Paint Horse breed enjoys its current position of prominence thanks to the visionary efforts of the great horsemen and Paint Horses who came before us.

To be inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame requires a lifetime of achievement and a legacy that has impacted the association and the breed. Without fail, inductees worked in their own ways to champion the Paint Horse and made a lasting impact for future generations.

The honored inductees of the 2017 APHA Hall of Fame class are:

Ronny Stallings, Aubrey, Texas
Earnest Wilson, Tolar, Texas

Trashadeous #176,429
Elegant April #197,736
Zippos Sensation #255,564

“We’ve set the Hall of Fame bar very high, and each year the selection process gets harder and harder,” Executive Director Billy Smith said. “The committee
Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity slated for 2017 APHA World Show
Published on: 08/14/2017
The Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity, featuring $18,750 added, will take place September 25–26 at the 2017 APHA World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

This special opportunity takes place as a class within a class—to be eligible for the Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity, an additional $100 class entry fee must be paid and horse must be entered in the respective world championship class. Each class payout will consist of $6,250 added plus 100 percent of entry fees received for the class.

Featured classes are:

Amateur Yearling Mares (September 25)
Amateur Yearling Geldings (September 26)
Amateur Yearling Stallions (September 26)
The Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity is presented in memory of the late Lynn Simons, a passionate halter exhibitor who left an indelible mark on the Paint Horse industry.

The APHA World Championship Show takes place September 20–October 1 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
Basket Raffle Fundraiser at 2017 AjPHA Youth World Show a huge success
Published on: 07/23/2017
AjPHA and APHA Regional Clubs came through to support the 2018 AjPHA Youth World Games by donating a total of 19 themed baskets featuring incredible goodies. Raffle ticket sales generated approximately $2,000, with all proceeds going directly toward the 2018 AjPHA Youth World Games.

“I had set a goal of 18 themed baskets,” Director of Youth Activities & Awards Christine Henry said. “I love seeing the APHA family get together in supporting our unique programs and opportunities.”

Paint Horse Clubs donated baskets boasting everything from Yeti coolers to a stallion breeding.

The following baskets were donated:

Basket #1 – “Paint Style” donated by APHA

Basket #2 – “Its Reining Paints” donated by the National Reining Horse Association

Basket #3 – “Eat’n Good “donated by Arkansas Paint Horse Club

Basket #4 – “The Color Side of Life” donated by the Paint Horse Club of Germany

Basket #5 – “For a Horse S

Bull Riding

Published on: 08/25/2017
Country and rock acts include Chase Rice, Joe Nichols,Shinedown, LOCASH, Aaron Watson, Night Ranger, WARRANT and new country standout Ryan Weaver

Nashville, TN – To celebrate the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, and its second year at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) has announced another star-studded music lineup to perform for fans nightly during the five-day November event where the toughest sport on dirt crowns a new World Champion.

PBR’s 2017 World Finals music lineup will bring fans nonstop entertainment, combining traditional country artists and rock favorites to complement the epic showdown between the toughest cowboys and rankest bucking bulls on the planet.

The concerts will combine free, open to the public shows at the stage on Toshiba Plaza located outside T-Mobile Arena, as well as special performances inside the arena for fans with World Finals (Nov. 1-5) tickets.
The announced artists performing
PBR returns to Colorado for the Rumble in the Rockies
Published on: 08/14/2017
Colorado Springs' Broadmoor World Arena will host the Rumble in the Rockies Sept. 30 - Oct. 1.
The Rumble in the Rockies will be the first of four remaining BFTS events before the World Finals in Las Vegas, meaning everything will be on the line.
Last year's winner, Joao Ricardo Vieira, will look to defend his crown against a field of hungry competitors.

PUEBLO, Colo. – For two days in late September and early October, the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) bravest and toughest athletes will arrive in Colorado Springs for the Rumble in the Rockies event at the Broadmoor World Arena.

Tickets are on sale now for one of the Built Ford Tough Series’ final four events before the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, which means the already intense competition will heat up considerably. The Rumble in the Rockies will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, and at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 1.

The 2016 winner in Colorado Sprin
Kimzey rides Pearl Harbor for $20,000
Published on: 07/21/2017
MANDAN, N.D. (July 1, 2017) – The first Xtreme Bulls at Mandan Rodeo Days was a memorable night, especially for three-time World Champion Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla.

Kimzey won the night’s Xtreme Bulls competition and nearly $7,000, besting a field of 40 riders. He then came back to face Pearl Harbor, this year’s No. 1 rated bull, in a match ride with $20,000 on the line.

The 22-year-old Kimzey, who rode in the second of four sections, scored 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Big Black Cat, a bull that has been featured at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals.

Dakota Rodeo’s Chad Berger, a native of Mandan, brought some of his best bulls, including 24 who had been to one, or both, of bull riding’s most prestigious finals events, to make the bull riders earn their share of the $24,100 purse.

The PRCA bull riders also came to play. Nine cowboys made a qualified ride, and seven scored 84 point

Pro Rodeo

For The Record: Cowboy Capital Of The World PRCA Rodeo
Published on: 09/24/2017
Stephenville, Texas, has more ProRodeo cowboys per square foot than anywhere else in the world, according to the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce. Home to the likes of Jacobs and Sterling Crawley and many other talented cowboys, the Cowboy Capital Of The World PRCA Rodeo boasts a rich history of rodeo competition.

This iconic rodeo was ongoing for decades before becoming a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo in 1970. Since, numerous records have been set and broken as cowboys race to the finish line of the regular season in hopes of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.

Trevor Brazile set the Stephenville record for most money won in all-around with $6,797 in 2001.

Bareback rider Steven Dent’s 91-point ride has been the arena record since 2014.

Steer wrestler Bray Armes’ (pictured at left) 2015 record of 3.0 seconds is unlikely to be broken as only two bulldoggers have topped his time across all PRCA rodeos for the
ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inducts 2017 Class, WPRA Included for First Time
Published on: 08/13/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The first Saturday of August in 2017, August 5, will go down in the history books of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association as the day their members were inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame for the first time.

Highlighting WPRA's inaugural class was 11-time world champion Charmayne James along with 32-time world champion Wanda Bush and a joint PRCA/WPRA equine inductee Star Plaudit "Red".

Charmayne James
Photo by Kenneth Springer

The ladies joined Randy Corley, a 12-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, and five world champions that help make-up the historic 12-member 2017 induction class.

Corley, along with gold buckle winners including the late Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954), Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960), Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974), Mike Beers (team roping, 1984) and Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992), were enshrined with rodeo notable Bob Ragsdale, a 22-time Nation
Shade Etbauer powers through at Dodge City
Published on: 08/13/2017
DODGE CITY, Kan. - For the Etbauer’s, there’s a bright light budding underneath the cover of the family tree.

Saddle bronc rider Shade Etbauer managed to stay hot on the rodeo trail, as his 170-point two-head score netted the 23-year-old $4,926 in winnings. Settling into his groove as the rodeo progressed, Etbauer narrowly edged away from second-place bronc riders Wade Sundell and Jacobs Crawley by a single point. For the young Oklahoman, walking away from the Dodge City Roundup as champion was special.

“I’m just really excited to be able to win,” Etbauer said. “This is a rodeo I’ve always tried to win. My dad won it, and my uncles always did really good at it. I’m just glad to check it off the list.”

The 41st running of the Dodge City Roundup provided Etbauer a chance to digest the raucous southwestern Kansas atmosphere.

“It was awesome,” Etbauer said. “The crowd was amazing. Making it back to the short round and being there with all of the
New Hall of Fame inductees enshrined
Published on: 08/13/2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stars converged at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Saturday as a new class was enshrined into the prestigious Hall.

Randy Corley, a 12-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, joined five world champions to headline the 12-member 2017 induction class.

Corley, along with gold buckle winners including the late Buck Rutherford (all-around, 1954), Enoch Walker (saddle bronc riding, 1960), Tommy Puryear (steer wrestling, 1974), Mike Beers (team roping, 1984) and Cody Custer (bull riding, 1992), were enshrined with rodeo notable Bob Ragsdale, a 22-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in three events.

Also inducted into the Hall were four-time bareback horse of the year, Christensen Bros.’ Smith & Velvet, and the committee for the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days.

For the first time in the history of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, barrel racers from the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) were amongst the class of inductees. Their ina
Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas
Published on: 07/23/2017
December 7 - 16, 2017

Open 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Daily
Free Admission - Open to the Public

Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
2017 Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Festivities
Published on: 07/23/2017
August 4, 2017 – Cowboy Ball @ ProRodeo Hall of Fame
6:00pm – Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvers & Silent Auction (Click here to see a list of all donations.)
7:00pm – Welcome & Dinner
8:00pm – Entertainment TBA

TICKETS ON SALE! Table of 10 – $900; Individual – $100
Click here to buy tickets online or call (719)528-4732.

The Cowboy Ball kicks off induction weekend and will honor Western Horseman Magazine with the Ken Stemler Pioneer Award. Complimentary Coors and Pendleton Whisky is provided and live entertainment follows dinner. Western formal attire. Deadline to RSVP is July 28, 2017.

All proceeds benefit the ProRodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy.

August 5, 2017 – Induction Ceremony @ ProRodeo Hall of Fame Garden
Time: 10:00am
Adults $10
Hall of Fame/PRCA Members $8
Children (6-12) $7

Doors open at 9:00am. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the ceremo
Bowen holds on for Prescott victory
Published on: 07/21/2017
PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Bull rider Dustin Bowen was busy heading up and down the rodeo road July 4, when he received a present better than fireworks or hotdogs – a big check.

The 26-year-old native of Fredericksburg, Pa., earned a $7,221 prize after his 83.5-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Sandi’s Dream held up for the victory at the June 28 through July 4 World’s Oldest Rodeo.

“I rode during the first perf (June 28), and I was hoping that my score would hold up,” Bowen said. “That bull has been around forever, and they win on him a lot. Plus, I knew that Prescott is traditionally a rodeo where they don’t ride too many, so I was optimistic about it.”

There aren’t many rodeos throughout the PRCA season that pay more than $7,000 for a one-header, and it was just the jolt Bowen was looking for.

“It’s great to be able to win that amount of money for one ride,” he said. “Most of the year involves just getting small checks wherever you go – whet
Schuster Smashes Earnings Record with Calgary Title
Published on: 07/21/2017
Calgary, Alberta Canada—

To hear Tiany Schuster tell the story, she is a “placer,” a barrel racer who frequently places in the money at the rodeos but doesn’t often win first. On a mission this season to earn her first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) held in Las Vegas each December, Schuster has doggedly hit the rodeo trail hoping to build a big lead to insulate herself from the cowgirls who do win first, particularly at the biggest venues with the most lucrative purses.

While her humility is refreshing, especially in someone who has led the WPRA World standings since about the third week of the season with hardly a challenge, one may question her thinking when she talks about being challenged to win in high pressure situations.

The Texas cowgirl has set the professional rodeo world on fire this season, winning more than $100,000 in the winter alone and keeping the same self-deprecating sense of humor and hard working attitude the whol
A Way of Life
Published on: 10/11/2016
America’s Horse features Native American rodeo athletes in its October issue. Here, meet a woman who brings the sport of rodeo to fans within the Navajo Nation and beyond.
AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year
Published on: 10/11/2016
AQHA and PRCA announce the top rodeo horses of 2016.

Quarter Horse

AQHA Fact Sheet
Published on: 09/18/2017
President – Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks, Alaska First Vice President – Dr. Jim Heird of College Station, Texas Second Vice President – Stan Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana Member – Butch Wise of El Reno, Oklahoma Member – Norman Luba of Louisville, Kentucky
 Established – March 1940, Fort Worth, Texas  AQHA International Headquarters – Amarillo, Texas
 2016 AQHA Membership – 253,579  2016 American Quarter Horse Youth Association Membership – 22,403
Transfers & Registration
 Horses Registered by AQHA since 1940 – nearly 6 million worldwide  2016 Registrations – 75,904  2016 Transfers – 115,864
Ride Program – provides noncompetitive, recreational riding events for AQHA members and nonmembers.
 2016 Participants –1,629  2016 Hosting Affiliates – 10  2016 Rides – 24
Horseback Riding Program – members log hours spent hor
New Location for the Zoetis VRH World in 2018
Published on: 09/18/2017
AQHA reveals the new location of the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in 2018.

The Zoetis VRH World and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals are tentatively scheduled for June 14-17, 2018, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Last fall, the American Quarter Horse Association solicited host-site bids for the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in 2018. After reviewing exhibitor survey results, carefully evaluating submitted bids and much discussion, the AQHA Executive Committee has made the decision to move the location and dates of the show. The Zoetis VRH World and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals are tentatively scheduled for June 14-17, 2018, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

The first Zoetis VRH World was held in 2008 in Denver during the National Western Stock Show, and then relocated in 2011 to Houston during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

“We are g
The Ties That Bind
Published on: 09/18/2017
We may have different tack, but our great traditions are the same.

Certainly, things differ about ranching from region to region. For example, there are Texas- and Arizona cowboys and gear (split reins, shotguns, taco-style hat creases and Association trees), and then you've got your buckaroo/Great Basin cowboys (if you think flat hats and slick-fork saddles, you’re in the right neighborhood), and your Californio cowboys (tortilla hats, big horns, reins and romal, and armitas). There are also those who kind of just pick and choose what they love about that gear, the traditions, those “ways of doing things,” and try to make it their own.

As different as all those styles are, including the horsemanship aspect, there are plenty of things in ranching that are similar.

You’ve got kind, hard-working, handy people the country over, who enjoy making solid, dependable ranch horses or bridle horses. Some will start in the snaffle, advance to the hackamore, th
2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals
Published on: 09/18/2017
At the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals in June 2018, Ranching Heritage-bred horses and graduating youth will compete in the same age group in which they competed in 2017.

The 2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals will be held in conjunction with the Zoetis VRH World June 14-17, 2018, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses that qualify as 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds will compete in the same age group in which they qualified during the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges.

Youth who will be 19 as of January 1, 2018, will still compete as youth at the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals.

“Although age divisions and the qualifying period were changed for the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, there are no changes the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Finals,” said Kim Lindsey, AQHA director of ranching. “The finals qualifying period
Junior Horses, Youth Qualifiers for 2018 Zoetis VRH Worl
Published on: 09/18/2017
Five-year-old horses and graduating youth will compete in the next-higher age division at the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships.

Five-year-old horses and graduating youth will compete in the next-higher age division at the 2018 Zoetis VRH World.

Junior horses that qualify as 5-year-olds will compete as senior horses in June 2018 at the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships. Youth who are 19 as of January 1 will compete as amateurs at the 2018 Zoetis VRH World. The qualifying period runs from January 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, for the show that is slated for June 14-17, 2018, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

There are two ways to qualify for the 2018 Zoetis VRH World:

Earn the predetermined number of qualifying points.
Participate in three or more AQHA-approved Versatility Ranch Horse events.
Verify the number of points a competitor has earned.

AQHA will also h
Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge
Published on: 09/18/2017
World champions Take A Pick and Lanham Brown continue their winning ways.

Take A Pick and Lanham Brown. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

Reigning Versatility Ranch Horse cowboy world champions Take A Pick and Lanham Brown continued their winning ways at the August 31 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge held at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

The pair won not only the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class at the event, but also the amateur working ranch horse class.

4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Take A Pick this spring was the cowboy world champion at the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show with Lanham Brown aboard, and after a brief hiatus to work as a herd sire for owner R.A. Brown Ranch, the son of VRH world champion Sixes Pick has picked right back where he left off.

A winner at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at Rapid City in June, the team continued to showed his quality with a 287.5 compos
AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Competition
Published on: 09/18/2017
Versatility Ranch Horse competition offers a variety of classes.

The Versatility Ranch Horse competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the horse and is demonstrated in six classes – ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, ranch reining, ranch cow work and ranch conformation. There are divisions for open, amateur, cowboy and youth. For complete rules and regulations, refer to the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.

The Classes

Ranch Riding – For ranch riding classes, horses show individually, and the class can be conducted inside or outside an arena. In this class, judges are looking for relaxed, responsive horses with soft and cadenced gaits. The horse should make timely transitions in a smooth and correct manner, plus the horse should be soft in the bridle and yield to contact.

Ranch Trail – Obstacles found in a ranch trail pattern are approximate to those found during the course of everyday work. Judges are
Halter Bonanza on the Line in Oklahoma City
Published on: 09/18/2017
More than $100,000 has been added to halter prize money at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.

With $105,000 in additional added prize money, plus top exhibitor awards up for grabs, there are plenty of reasons to enter your halter horse in the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.

The $55,000 added to the amateur halter division was made possible by the generous donations by 10-year cumulative breeders Steve and Kathy Headley of Bloomington, Indiana, who donated $25,000; and 30-year cumulative breeder Terry Bradshaw, and his wife, Tammy, who donated $30,000.

The $50,000 added to the open halter division was donated by 30-year cumulative breeders Gary and Linda Gordon of Fossil Gate Farms, Roanoke, Texas.

New this year, $2,500 will go to the top Adequan® Level 2 open halter exhibitor, as well as the top halter amateur from the AQHA Level 2 Championships, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan).
AQHA Executive Committee Approves Animal Welfare Measures
Published on: 09/18/2017
These rule changes for 2018 will affect tie-down classes, as well as the use of furosemide (Lasix®) in show horses.

The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee recently approved recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission that will affect tie-down roping classes, as well as the use of furosemide (Lasix®) in show horses.

Furosemide (Lasix®)

After an Executive Committee-requested review of Lasix, the Executive Committee has approved a maximum permitted plasma concentration of furosemide of 100 nanograms per milliliter in show horses, effective January 1, 2018. Also effective January 1, 2018, any time furosemide is used a medication report must be filed with show management pursuant to VIO403.

As stated in VIO403, the medication report must include:

Identification of the medication, as well as date and time of administration
Identification of the horse
Diagnosis of illness/injury,
AQHA Select All-Around Crowned
Published on: 09/18/2017
AQHA crowns the 2017 AQHA Select All-Around Amateur and Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition Award recipient.

Jim Bound and Bound To Cash Chex claimed the tie-down roping world championship en route to the 2017 AQHA Select all-around amateur title. (Credit: Journal)

During the past week, 54 AQHA Select all-around amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout the AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan).

The Select all-around amateur is Jim Bound of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Bound showed the American Quarter Horse Bound To Cash Chex, owned by Jax Bound of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The 2007 palomino mare, by Nu Chex To Cash and out of SF Kings Firstlady, was bred by Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas. Bound and Bound To Cash Chex earned 45 points. They earned the world champion title in tie-down roping; placed third in breakaway and ranch riding; fifth in stake race; and were fi
Apply for an AQHA Internship
Published on: 09/18/2017
If you’re a hard-working, enthusiastic college student looking for an exciting internship in the equine industry, apply for a spring AQHA internship.

The spring internships deadline is September 15; applicants can find more information and FAQs on internship responsibilities at

The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to offer three paid Spring 2018 internships. AQHA offers a Communications and Digital Marketing internship, Marketing and Publicity internship and an AQHA Media internship. AQHA’s internships are based in Amarillo and reach into all aspects of the equine industry, regardless of discipline. The deadline to apply is September 15.

AQHA Communications and Digital Marketing Internship
Qualified candidates will be challenged to create search-engine-optimized blog posts about a variety of horse topics, create email newsletters, contribute content to websites, manage several social networks, help with AQHA eve
2019 Hall of Fame Nominations
Published on: 09/18/2017
Submit your nominations for inductees to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

The time has come to nominate men, women and horses for the Class of 2019, which will be inducted at the 2019 Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Quarter Horse Association, and the time has come to nominate men, women and horses for the Class of 2019, which will be inducted at the 2019 Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Nominations are due December 1, 2017.

When nominating, it is important that as much pertinent information as possible be included about each person or horse.

Personal knowledge of the nominee’s related background, activities and accomplishments are essential for an effective review.
A few personal letters from acquaintances or connections supporting the nomination can be a factor when selecting the inductees.
Be sure to
History, Enthusiasm, Investment, Integrity
Published on: 09/18/2017
AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from All American race weekend in New Mexico and discusses the future of American Quarter Horse racing.

If you love Quarter Horses, regardless of their discipline, you must put the All American on your bucket list.

In 1959, investors Eugene Hensley, Carl Mercer and cowboy musician Ray Reed held the first All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, solidifying the date for the next 58 years; it would be Labor Day weekend.

More than $5.4 million dollars in purses were up for grabs over the three days of elite sprint-track racing at Ruidoso, New Mexico. Undoubtedly, the All American is considered the “Super Bowl” of Quarter Horse racing.

If you love Quarter Horses, regardless of their discipline, you must put the All American on your bucket list. The All American Derby held September 3 distributed a total purse of $1.37 million for the 3-year-old Derby finalists, and the All American Fu
2018 Youth World Games to be held in Fort Worth, Texas
Published on: 08/14/2017
After a very successful and exciting 2016 Youth World Games in Kreuth, Germany, riders will venture to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete at the 2018 Youth World Games.

Equestrians from around the world will compete for international recognition at the biennial Youth World Games to be held in conjunction with the 2018 AjPHA Youth World Show.

Each country may enter one team composed of four exhibitors, an alternate exhibitor and a coach. One rider from each team will compete in showmanship, Western horsemanship, trail and hunt-seat equitation aboard randomly selected mounts.

All team members must be AjPHA members in good standing and citizens of the country they are representing. Teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. In the event a country cannot assemble a full team, adjacent countries may combine to form a team.

Team entry deadline is March 15, 2018, and the entry fee is $100 per team.

Contact Christine He
AQHA Incentive Fund to Cease Stallion, Foal Nominations
Published on: 08/13/2017
The incentive program will see its last payouts in the next few years.

With no new stallion nominations coming in, the Incentive Fund should conclude in a few years. (Credit: AQHA)

As a means to conclude the program, the American Quarter Horse Association Incentive Fund will not accept foal nominations past 2018 and, effective immediately, will no longer accept stallion nominations.

“The AQHA Incentive Fund was a landmark program for the equine industry, having paid out more than $80 million in its lifetime,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle. “The fund was so successful that it became a model for many others. However, multiple factors in the past decade contributed to the Incentive Fund’s decline.”

Ultimately, a lack of participation led the AQHA Executive Committee, at its July 2017 meeting, to approve the incentive program’s termination. The conclusion of the program will allow time and resources to move to the research and developme
America's Horse in Art Returns to Amarillo
Published on: 08/13/2017
Save the date for the 10th annual America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

American Quarter Horse Association

The signature piece for the 2017 show is "Any Time … Any Place," by artist Joni Monroe Beinborn.

America’s Horse in Art returns to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo and celebrates the event’s 10-year anniversary. The exhibit includes a list of more than 40 world-renowned Western artists providing pieces for the 10th annual art show and sale. Mark your calendar now for the show’s opening on August 12 or plan a trip to view this year’s exhibit before it closes October 14.

Over the past 10 years, top Western artists have been invited to participate in the show to present new paintings, drawings and sculptures in the Scharbauer Gallery. This year, they continue the tradition and celebrate 10 years of exhibition.

The signature p
Peter J. Cofrancesco III
Published on: 08/13/2017
AQHA and the equine industry mourn the loss of AQHA Past President Peter J. Cofrancesco III.

August 1, 2017

The American Quarter Horse Association

Funeral services are pending for AQHA Past President Peter J. Cofrancesco III, who died August 1.

The funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. on August 8 for AQHA Past President Peter J. Cofrancesco III, who passed away August 1. A viewing is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. on August 7. Both services will be held at the Our Lady of the Lake Parish at 294 S. Sparta Avenue, Sparta Township, New Jersey.

Peter, 45, was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in March. A case displaying his memorabilia was unveiled July 26 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.

Peter said his emergence as a leading force in American Quarter Horse history came easily enough, as he was constantly surrounded by a home that told the story of his parents’ dedic
AQHYA Awards Officer Scholarships
Published on: 07/24/2017
All national officers will now receive scholarships, courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Association

AQHYA officers work diligently to represent AQHA and ensure its success for the future. (Journal photo)

The American Quarter Horse Youth Association is proud to announce that the national officers, starting with the 2016-17 board, will receive scholarships at the Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar.

AQHYA officers serve as ambassadors for the Association, play an active role in the decision-making process of AQHYA and lead events and activities. Officers are elected annually at the Youth Excellence Seminar, and they uphold the objectives and purposes set forth in AQHYA Bylaws. They also represent the 11 regions of AQHYA and every youth member who resides within them.

“AQHA recognizes the incredible commitment and passion these youth officers demonstrate throughout their year of service, and we are proud to reward their efforts,” said
If it wasn’t for Harry
Published on: 07/23/2017
Much has been said about Harry Vold after his 93 years here on this earth. His legendary status is being carried on through five children that are involved in the rodeo business, but the influence he has had on rodeo, especially bucking horses, goes far beyond that. The foundation that he built spread to other contractors and with it came knowledge, support and friendship.
The legendary Harry Vold.

While Harry was named Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Stock Contractor of the Year eleven times and has won numerous awards, the accomplishments of others were also a big reward for the humble man.

The PRCA honors top animals and personnel among others at their contract awards banquet the night before the first performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). On Nov. 30, 2016 at the South Point Hotel and Casino, Powder River Rodeo and Frontier Rodeo were on stage to receive awards. Harry Vold was not on stage with them, but he is wh
Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award
Published on: 07/17/2017
Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award
Silver Spur Operating Co. is selected for the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award.

June 30, 2017

American Quarter Horse Association

The Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award began in 1992 and has since recognized outstanding ranches for raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade. (Journal photo)

To honor the contributions ranch horses have made to the heritage of the American Quarter Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis are proud to announce Silver Spur Operating Co., an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, as the recipient of the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award.

Silver Spur encompasses historic ranches in four states, and a rich and diverse cattle and equine operation. Owned by Silver Spur Land and Cattle LLC and managed by Thad York, the Silver Spur operates in Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and Colorado. The original Silver Spur ranch
Where Did Your Horse Passion Start?
Published on: 07/17/2017
AQHA President Ralph Seekins shares how he was introduced to American Quarter Horses as a young boy.

By AQHA President Ralph Seekins | July 10, 2017

Ralph Seekins shares how he was introduced to American Quarter Horses as a young boy.

As I travel around the American Quarter Horse community, there are a couple questions I particularly like to ask our folks – from youth to Super-Selects. And those questions always seem to light up the person’s eyes as he or she enthusiastically fills me in.

What do I ask? Well, it goes something like this, “Tell me how you first got interested in horses.” And then, “How did that lead you to American Quarter Horses and to where you are today?”
$105,000 Added to Halter Classes
Published on: 07/17/2017
$105,000 Added to Halter Classes
Qualify now for your chance to compete for $105,000 in added prize money in halter classes at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.

July 14, 2017

American Quarter Horse Association

For more information on qualifying for the Lucas Oil World and Adequan® Level 2 Championships, visit

New this year, halter exhibitors at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show will have the opportunity to compete for $105,000 in additional prize money.

Exhibitors will compete for added money in various halter classes, thanks to the generosity of 10-year cumulative breeders Steve and Kathy Headley of Bloomington, Indiana, who donated $20,000; 30-year cumulative breeders Gary and Linda Gordon of Fossil Gate Farms, Roanoke, Texas, who donated $50,000; and 30-year cumulative breeder Terry Bradshaw, and his wife, Tammy, who donated $35,000.

The Associati
2018 Hall of Fame Nominations
Published on: 10/11/2016
Submit your nominations to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Fall Championship Season Awards Millions to American Quarter Horse Owners
Published on: 10/11/2016
American Quarter Horses have the opportunity to earn part of a $48 million payout in some of the industry’s largest and most prestigious competitions this fall.


Truck Talk with Nate Brekken
Published on: 10/06/2017
Take care of the heart of your four wheel drive

You may have seen a post on our Facebook page recently about a Duramax truck getting a transfer case half. Why did it need this you may ask? Well it had a crack on the same spot as the drain plug, and it was leaking. Typically, this is not a common spot for these to leak. This a pipe plug or pipe thread and it should only be snugged when tightening. Was this plug overtightened? Was it a failure of old age? Hard to say, but the repair had to be done none the less.
While we were in this transfer case we were able to take care of another more common concern. The pump that lubricates the transfer case is not given a fair shake for allowing the pump case to last.
This pump is held in place by a small rattle clip that on a lot of trucks breaks. This clip was still in good shape on this unit, but if it breaks the pump vibrates back and forth in the housing/case eventually wearing a hole in the rear transfer case half. Th
Hot Blood, Warm Blood, Cold Blood in Horses
Published on: 09/20/2017
Have you ever heard the term “cold-blooded” for a horse? If someone in your boarding barn is talking about a new horse and says it’s a warmblood, what does that mean? Since all horses are mammals and are therefore physiologically warm-blooded, the designations don’t initially make sense.

These informal terms are used to group different breeds loosely by their temperament. Arabian and Thoroughbred horses usually fall into the hot-blooded group, as they tend to be a bit more nervous and energetic than some other equines. Cold-blooded horses encompass the draft breeds such as Percherons, Shires, Clydesdales, and Belgians. Large-boned and heavy-bodied, these horses were developed to use in draft and agricultural work, and were selected for a calm temperament.

Warm-blooded horse breeds were produced by crossing hot-blooded and cold-blooded horses. Many countries developed strains of these horses that could be used for riding or for drawing wagons and carriages. Dutch
Zinpro Corporation Sponsors Young Scholar Recognition Program
Published on: 09/19/2017
Program sponsorship enabled three exceptional student scientists to present their research findings and be recognized with awards at the 2017 WSASAS meeting
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Sept 14, 2017 – Zinpro Corporation recently sponsored an awards program that allowed three talented young scholars to present their research finding at the 2017 Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) meeting held in Fargo, North Dakota, this summer. The three award-winners – Kendall Samuelson, Matthew Crouse and Kelsey Schubach – were honored at the 2017 Western Section Young Scholar Recognition Program, with each young scholar receiving a plaque and monetary award in addition to the opportunity to present their research findings at the meeting.
“This is a highly competitive award and a tremendous accomplishment for these young researchers, who have proven their ability to conduct research that is relevant to the animal science community,” explains Connie Larson, Ph.D., Res
The Cave Creek Saddle Club Rides Again!
Published on: 09/19/2017
It has been a loooong hot summer, but thankfully its time to ride our horses again! We had record hot days, but they are almost a memory. With the breaking of the heat and the change of seasons on the horizon, comes The Cave Creek Saddle Club’s favorite time of the year: Fall and Winter. We have a lot of plans for horseback riding in the works for the coming months.

The club was started in the early 60’s by a group of folks from the Cave Creek Area who just wanted to have fun with friends and horses. We are still following that mission today. The club is open to anyone; Even if you do not live in Cave Creek, and focuses on organized trail rides. The members are from all different walks of life, but we all love the Arizona Desert and horseback riding. Most of the rides are close to Phoenix. There may be rides with camping trips interspersed throughout the year. There are rides suited to every level of rider