Youth Division Added to Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover

supremeextreme_logoThe Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover will add a new twist in 2012 as 100 yearlings will be offered for adoption for a new youth division. Yearlings will be adopted prior to the Supreme similar to the 200 older geldings that will be offered, too. In 2012, three adult divisions with combined purses and prizes estimated at $200,000 will again be held in addition to the new youth division. The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover competition will take place at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 13-15. Applications for potential adopters are due on Feb. 13. The adoption auction will take place March 31 through Superior Productions on RDF-TV.

New NRHyA Officers Ready for 2012

2012 NRHyA President Blair Willette
The National Reining Horse Youth Association is starting off the new year with a new group of dedicated youth officers. These five devoted and hard-working young women were elected by their peers to lead the NRHyA in 2012. They have high goals and are ready to get started.

Boyd Rice, Show Horses Recovering

Boyd Rice
Spearman, Texas, trainer Boyd Rice says several show horses rescued at the scene are recovering and he also avoided major injuries following an early-morning Jan. 9 accident about 20 miles south of Guthrie, Texas, that flipped a pickup driven by Rice and the trailer behind it. The accident did claim the life of 13-year-old gelding Deltas Color, a Paint horse that carried both Rice and his son Tarin to their first successes as reined cow horse riders and later became Boyd’s favorite cutting turnback performer.

Leonard Brooks Recalled As Forward Thinker

Leonard Brooks & Plumb Dry
Leonard R. Brooks, 85, an American Quarter Horse Association Cumulative Breeder Award recipient, cattle buyer, cattle feeder, butcher shop owner, cow-calf producer, and stocker-feeder operator, died Dec. 9, 2011, in Jamestown, Calif.

Big Boost to CSU Equine Program

Wagonhound Land & Livestock donated $1.5 million to the CSU Equine Program.
The owners of a premier Western ranch have donated $1.5 million to Colorado State University’s renowned Equine Sciences Program to help advance the program’s excellence as a training ground for students entering the horse industry. The donation from Art and Catherine Nicholas established the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair in Equine Sciences, named for their well-known horse and cattle ranch near Douglas, Wyo.

Emotional Whirlwind

Kyle Hughes has brought his halter horse business back from ruins after a devastating tornado destroyed his home, barn and horses.
Days after a band of devastating tornados touched down in Meadowview, Va., the Virginia Tech Horse Judging Team walked through the pastures of Kyle Hughes’ farm on clean-up duty. They pulled a Congress medal from the debris – the purple silk and intact medallion offering a moment of relief in the midst of destruction. The town hadn’t seen a tornado since the early 1900s, but Mother Nature made up for lost time.

APHA: New Genetic Testing Options

paintveteranThe American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is now using University of California Davis exclusively for genetic testing. Working with the California-based lab, APHA will offer a variety of testing options to APHA members. The new testing packages are designed to increase member awareness of the genetic possibilities when breeding their American Paint Horses. Included in the testing options are a comprehensive coat color package, comprehensive disease diagnostic package and selected individual tests.

You Are Only as Good as You Think You Are

Self-confidence; that ever elusive necessity for peak performance. It gives us the courage to push ourselves to extremes, allowing us to achieve beyond our wildest expectations. How can something that makes such an impact be so fragile? Some days you feel like you are on top of the world and can do anything; other days you're wondering if you can manage to get out of bed without messing up.

$1 Million Lamb Heist in Texas

Sept. 8, 2011 - FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS – Five suspects have been arrested in the alleged theft of 6,000 lambs worth an estimated $1 million from a feedlot in Gillespie County. The final suspect was arrested Aug. 22.