Dr. Blodgett Honored as Golden Spur Award Recipient

DrGlennBlodgett 17SSDr. Glenn Blodgett • Photo by S. Sylvester PhotographyDr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the Four Sixes Ranch horse division, has been named winner of the 2017 National Golden Spur Award, the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries in recognition of accomplishments by an individual.

Bob Loomis' House Burns Down in Oklahoma

Loomis Ranch sign SMsmallA fire caused total devastation to Bob and Pam Loomis' house. After an investigation for the cause of the blaze is complete, the Loomises plan to rebuild. • QHN File PhotoOn the evening of June 8, National Reining Horse Association Hall of Famer Bob Loomis was out in his cow pasture with his wife, Pam, when he noticed smoke on the horizon. The couple headed in the direction of the ominous cloud to find their house totally engulfed in fire.

Goodbye to Mr Melody Jac

MrMelodyJac TMcQuayMr Melody Jac, pictured with Tim McQuay • Photo by WaltenberryA June 7 post on the Lantz Performance Horses’ Facebook page announced the death of 1988 National Reining Horse Association Futurity Open Champion Mr Melody Jac. The 32-year-old stallion passed away the night of June 6.

Medication Ban Investigated

aqha logo horseWhile the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) recognizes the therapeutic benefits of the drug furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, to help mitigate the occurrence of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in racehorses, the AQHA executive committee recently asked the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission to review the proposed prohibition of Lasix for show horses, set to be effective as of Jan. 1, 2018.

Baker Hired as Reining Horse Foundation Executive Director

BakerLeslie Baker • Photo courtesy of the NRHAThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announced the hiring of Leslie Baker, of Edmond, Oklahoma, to serve as the first executive director of its charitable arm, the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). In addition, she will work on special NRHA communications projects.

Building Blocks

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May has been a month of clinics and horse shows. I just returned from two weeks in Germany and Italy, where I presented several clinics. I am so appreciative of the riders who trust me to help them better their horsemanship and training skills. I am always honored that I have the opportunity to work with them. It is fun to meet new friends and be able to share my knowledge. My wife, Ginger, and I had a great time and came home with many fantastic memories.

NRHA Collegiate Judging Contest returns for 2017

nrha photoThe Collegiate Judging Contest will return to the NRHA Futurity and Adequan NAAC Show this year.The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the return of the Collegiate Judging Contest at the 2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show.