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Calgary World Series of Cutting Cancelled

logo calgaryCalgary, Alberta, Can., home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede Rodeo, suffered severe flooding that necessitated evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people last week and it has cancelled the city’s planned July 8 Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting event.

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NRCHA Celebration of Champions Comes To Fort Worth

OlenaOak REmmons2011 & 2012 World's Greatest Horseman Champions Olena Oak and Ron Emmons; Photo by PrimoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) is pleased to announce that its first premier event of 2014, the Celebration of Champions, will be held at the world-class Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, February 14-22.

This Week’s Winner of the Omega Alpha Quarter Horse News/Horsecity.com Action Photo Contest

[caption id="attachment_37562" align="alignleft" width="180"]Photo by Paula Parkhill[/caption]Congratulations to Paula Parkhill of Deming, New Mexico! Her photo won this week’s Omega Alpha - Equine Quarter Horse News/Horsecity.com Action Photo Contest. Along with the photo, Paula submitted this caption: "I wanted to try something a little different as far as angles go, so I asked our trainer to stop our stallion Love Potion Number 9 directly in from of me. He laughed and said as long as I am not held responsible if he doesn't stop. He stopped like a dream.”

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Smart Like Juice Inc. Named NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Owner

MoonshineJuice JVazquezSmart Like Juice Inc. owner Jose Vazquez aboard Moonshine Juice after winning the 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro. Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to add Jose Vazquez's Smart Like Juice Inc. to its exclusive Million Dollar Owner list. This outstanding achievement makes Smart Like Juice Inc. No. 7 on this list, placing them among greats like Lance Griffin, Tim McQuay, Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Rosanne Sternberg, Rancho Oso Rio LLC, and David Silva Sr.

The Oblivion Curve

When I sit down to write this column, I usually take a few minutes to review the major events of the past two weeks. This time, there was a lot to think about, which means there was plenty to write about.

First, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson denied the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) motion for summary judgment in the cloning lawsuit, meaning the case is headed to trial. The judge also rejected the plaintiffs’ (Jason Abraham and Gregg Veneklasen) argument that AQHA attempted to monopolize the market by excluding cloned horses. The trial is expected to start this summer. The results could have far-reaching effects, not only for the AQHA, but all membership-based equine associations.

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Jo Ellard Elected As NCHA Vice President

JEllardJo EllardJo Ellard, a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Board of Directors member since 1994, has been elected the next NCHA vice president. On June 11, a total of ballots 2,585 were tabulated under the direction of the accounting firm Whitley Penn LLP. Ellard, Dallas, Texas received a total of 1,890 votes and Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Texas received 695 votes.

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New Ownership For Western Bloodstock

WB Breeders Sale

Western Bloodstock, for more than 20 years the premier sale company for the cutting horse industry, has been sold by Ben Emison and Milt Bradford to Jeremy and Candace Barwick of Stephenville, Texas.

Horse Therapy Legislation Introduced In The House

Representatives Michael Burgess (R-CA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have introduced The Rehabilitative Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act of 2013 (H.R. 1705). This legislation would amend federal law to provide that military families and wounded veterans are entitled to be reimbursed for therapies, including “therapies provided on a horse” that are medically authorized. Read more […]

Univ. of Kentucky Study Suggests Horses Help Humans Learn

A pioneering study at the University of Kentucky suggests humans have a lot to learn from horses. Horses can help people develop empathy and enhance social and leadership skills, according to a recently-completed study of equine-assisted learning among 21 nurses at UK Chandler Hospital. Read the complete article at the Lexington Herald-Leader.