Calgary, 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.
[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.”
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.
Jo 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.
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.