Oklahoma Eyes Horse Sales Tax

psmegashinechicAn Oklahoma sales tax on horses would affect the NRHA Futurity Sales in Oklahoma City. • Photo by Stacy PigottOklahoma is facing an estimated $1.5 billion budget deficit and one of the ways that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin wants to make up the shortfall is to levy a sales tax on horse sales in the Sooner State. The tax would be imposed on all horse sale transactions – both private and at public auction.


AZQHA Hires Doug Huls as CEO

doug-hulsDoug Huls is the new CEO of the AZQHA. • Photo by Shane RuxThe Arizona Quarter Horse Association (AZQHA) has taken a bold step to keep it positioned as an influential and innovative organization in the American Quarter Horse industry and created a CEO position, naming Doug Huls to take the reins.

Barn Fire Close Call for NCHA World Champion

rd-bud-lightRD Bud Light and Ron Davis were the 2007 NCHA $3,000 Novice Non-Pro World Champions. • Photo by Suzanne ForrestBend, Oregon cutter Ron Davis and RD Bud Light have quite a history together. In 2007, they won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) $3,000 Novice Non-Pro World Championship after taking the NCHA World Finals $3,000 Novice Non-Pro Show Championship to cap off a phenomenal season. They’re still showing, although these days they chase points on the NCHA's Horizon Yacht Senior World Tour.

The longtime partnership nearly came to an end on Saturday, April 9, when a barn fire destroyed Davis’ barn and everything in it. It was luck, or many a helping hand from above, that prompted Davis to turn out “Bud Light” just 30 minutes before the fire ignited.


Four Facilities Apply to Host the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

nrcha-snaffle-bitThe NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, traditionally held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, could see a change in venue in 2017. • QHN File Photo

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) has taken the next step toward selecting the host facility for the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, closing the request for proposal (RFP) and beginning the evaluation process, after receiving bids from four locations.


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Dowers Wins Road to the Horse

160320 rtth 518Standing next to producer Tootie Bland, Nick Dowers raises the championship belt buckle he earned for winning the 2016 Road to the Horse. • Photo by Ross Hecox

Nick Dowers may have been a rookie going against two former Road to the Horse (RTTH) champions, but the Nevada cowboy performed like a seasoned competitor, winning the World Championship of Colt Starting handily. The annual competition was held in Lexington, Kentucky, March 18–20.