Purple Reyn Dies at 7

PurpleReyn BDufurrena KPPurple Reyn, pictured with breeder Brandon Dufurrena • Photo by Kelsey PecsekPurple Reyn, known for her grit and flair in the show pen, died the morning of May 23 due to complications associated with enteritis. The talented mare was 7 years old.

Ron Pietrafeso Named NCHA Vice President

RonPietrafesoRon Pietrafeso • Photo courtesy of the NCHAThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) released the results of the organization’s vice presidential election May 23. With a total of 2,307 ballots received and tabulated by the independent voting firm Simply Voting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the winner by majority was Ron Pietrafeso.

NCHA Selects New CFO

BarbBenedum 17Barb Benedum • Photo courtesy of the NCHAThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) recently welcomed a new chief financial officer (CFO). Barb Benedum assumed the new position May 15.

2017 NRHA Election and Nomination Deadlines

nrha logoNRHA members can vote for new directors for the NRHA.National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) members have the opportunity to nominate members to represent their interests and to help guide the future of reining. Read the following overview for more information on how you can get involved in the process. (European members: Please check your email in-box for additional details on European Executive Board Elections for the European Region.)

Titles Awarded at Breeder’s Invitational

Kadie Weeks Reytalic webKadie Weeks Hermes & Reytalic • Photo by Dawn BaxtromThe Breeder’s Invitational (BI) has been underway for more than a week, and on May 20, five action-packed finals brought excitement to Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the Derby Unlimited Amateur finals, an impressive group came out to showcase their abilities, but only one duo came out on top.

Changes for NCHA Youth Announced

YouthCostumesYouth participation is an important part of the NCHA's National Championship shows, and changes to the point system have been announced. • Photo by Alex LynchThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) youth committee had a teleconference on May 1 to discuss Youth rules related to the National Championship shows. The committees proposed changed were approved by the executive committee as of May 18.

AQHA Approves Convention Recommendations

aqha logo horse.ashxThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) executive committee approved several recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission at the 2017 AQHA Convention. The recommendations ranged from adding specific medications to the AQHA forbidden drugs or substances list to a recommendation to use all drug- and animal welfare-related fines to support the AQHA steward program.

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Always Dreaming 02Always Dreaming and jockey John Velazquez won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, on May 6. • Photo by Diane Bondareff /AP Images for Longines

Two weeks ago: May 6, 2017, the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby took place in Louisville, Kentucky. The field had 20 horses in it, the 20 best 3-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses in the world. Four of the 20 horses, or 20 percent of the field, had direct ties to bloodlines my family purchased firsthand, including the winner, Always Dreaming!