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NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Returns to Reno

nrcha-logoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity, the organization’s largest and most prestigious premier event, will return Sept. 18-Oct. 1, 2016, to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

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Bonds Purchase the Late Smart Chic Olena

TRT02 SmartChicOlenaSmart Chic Olena • Photo by John BrasseauxTrevor and Tiffiny Bond, owners of Smokin Gun Performance Horses, of Mound Valley, Kansas, recently announced their acquisition of the late Smart Chic Olena, along with the inventory of his frozen semen and all breeding rights. The World Champion and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame stallion was euthanized in June of 2012, at the age of 27. At the time of the stallion’s death, he was owned by Bill Richardson, of Whitesboro, Texas, who had obtained the stallion through the Chapter 11 Trustee of Babcock Quarter Horses Inc.

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A Place In The Country

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Mac Coalson, along with his son, McAllen, operate Coalson Real Estate, one of the most preeminent farm and ranch real estate offices in Tarrant, Wise, Jack, Palo Pinto, Young, Stephens, Erath, Hood and Somervell counties. Just recently they have co-listed one the most iconic ranches in the nation, Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, located along the Parker/Palo Pinto county line in Millsap, Texas.

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Craig Cameron Returns To Road To The Horse 2016 As Horseman’s Host

rtth-craig-cameronRoad to the Horse competitor Craig Cameron will fill the role of Horseman’s Host in 2016.

With five-year veteran Horseman’s Host Richard Winters trading his microphone for a lariat, Road to the Horse was hunting for a substitute. Road to the Horse Owner/Producer Tootie Bland turned to the history books to produce something special. Like Winters, Craig Cameron is a past Road to the Horse World Champion and is adorned by many. A cowboy, horseman, clinician and now a Horseman’s Host, Cameron couldn’t be more excited to put down his lariat and pick up the microphone.

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Dual Peppy & Others Moved To Rescue

DPeppy RescueDual Peppy is settling in at Blue Rose Ranch Horse Rescue.After Sherri Brunzell’s sentencing in mid-August, the eight horses she was found guilty of abusing have been relocated to Blue Rose Ranch Horse Rescue in Springfield, Colorado.

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Richard Winters To Compete In Road To The Horse

bugs-boonyRichard Winters and Bugs Boony won the NRCHA Derby Limited Open Championship. • Photo by Primo MoralesSince 2011, Road to the Horse fans have been guided by the commentary of Richard Winters. For years, every round pen session and every obstacle course has been led by the familiar and knowledgeable voice of Winters. In 2016, Winters will trade his sport jacket for a pair of old leggings and his microphone for a rope, as he opens the gate and enters the Road to the Horse round pen as a competitor.

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Study Reveals Equine Influenza On The Rise

shotsWith studies showing the equine influenza virus is on the rise, the USEF is implementing a new rule regarding vaccination.Equine influenza virus (EIV) is one of the leading respiratory diseases in the United States and the number of horses infected has been on the rise. Since 2008, Merck Animal Health has collected more than 4,700 samples from horses presenting with signs of acute infectious upper respiratory disease and/or acute neurologic disease as part of an ongoing research program. The two leading diagnoses, based on samples submitted from horses of all disciplines and ages across the U.S., have been equine herpesvirus-4 and EIV.

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Family Ties

talocha-chiquitaTalocha Chiquita and her granddaughter, Blu Berry (pending)Many good stories have been told about a mother’s love and how strong her instincts are to protect her young. Jeff Schuckers, of Triple S Quarter Horses in Valley View, Texas, knows first hand just how deep that love can run.

Earlier this year, one of Schuckers’ broodmares, Smart Little Talocha, a daughter of Smart Little Jerry out of Schuckers’ 20-year-old King Ranch-bred mare Talocha Chiquita, began to have health issues toward the end of her pregnancy. Schuckers’ veterinarian didn’t know what was wrong with the mare and despite all they tried to do, her health continued to decline. Schuckers feared he may have to put the mare down.

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Team Penning & NCHA Senior World Tour Added to NAILE

2013 Open Team Penning • Photo Courtesy of North American International Livestock Exposition Team Penning is one of the new additions to the North American International Livestock Exposition for 2015. North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) officials recently announced two additions to the North American Quarter Horse Show, which will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center Nov. 3-11. A new Team Penning competition has been added to the show schedule, as well as a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Senior World Tour class. 

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Time to Ride Challenge Prepares for National Meet-a-Horse Day

QHN Stock PhotoFamilies across the nation are invited to meet a horse on Saturday, July 25, at participating Time to Ride Challenge host locations. Stables, camps, clubs and businesses are opening their doors for National Meet-a-Horse Day to help new equine enthusiasts make a connection with a horse.