Step Outside The Bubble

I didn’t mean to do it. I wasn’t totally prepared, and it probably came out all wrong. I stood up and spoke at a committee meeting during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. 

It was the Long Range Planning Committee – the individuals the NCHA counts on to “make recommendations with regard to the direction of NCHA for future growth and development and make recommendations regarding improvements to the structure of the NCHA as set forth in its Constitution and By-laws.”

Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) Laid To Rest

GunnerAt McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, the focus has long been on exceptional performance - both human and equine. But people close to owners Tim and Colleen McQuay know that underlying all the awards and accolades the couple's real focus has always been the love of the horse.

So, losing any horse would be hard. But saying goodbye to a great one pushed the difficulty to another level when Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as "Gunner," lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas, under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.

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Clone Trial Set To Begin July 16

TwoSocksTwo Socks, a 2007 clone of the 1980 stallion Jae Bar FletchThe civil court case set to decide whether cloned horses can or cannot be registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has a July 8 docket call in an Amarillo, Texas federal courtroom.

UPDATE: On July 8, an unrelated case was scheduled to be heard prior to the cloning lawsuit. According to attorneys involved in the case, the cloning case is now scheduled to start on July 16, a date that could be pushed back slightly depending on the court's timeliness in wrapping up the preceding case. 

World’s Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

DNA shines a light back into the past, showing us things that fossils can’t. But how far back can that light extend? Some of the oldest DNA sequences come from mastodon and polar bear fossils about 50,000 and 110,000 years old, respectively. But a new study published online today in the journal Nature reports the […]
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Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Provides Adequan® Supply Update

adequanLuitpold Animal Health, a division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., manufacturers of Adequan® IM, Adequan® IA, and Adequan® Canine provide the following supply interruption update:

Luitpold’s NY facility has undergone significant renovations and upgrades to meet enhanced quality standards and address observations made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These renovations required cessation of manufacturing and affected Luitpold’s ability to release product.  This has resulted in shortages in the marketplace. Luitpold has worked in recent months to optimally allocate inventory and manage the limited remaining supply, which has now been depleted.

Horse Slaughter Opponents Sue USDA Over Permits

A coalition of animal protection groups is asking a federal court in northern California to block the revival of domestic horse slaughter at commercial processing plants. A lawsuit filed Monday by the Humane Society of the United States, four other groups and five individuals seeks an emergency injunction to overturn the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s […]

Strawn Valley Ranch Announces Complete Dispersal

Strawn Valley Ranch, Strawn, Texas, has announced they will be holding a complete dispersal sale of approximately 48 head of cutting stock. The sale, to be managed by Western Bloodstock, will be held on Sept. 25 at Silverado on the Brazos, the day before the start of the Brazos Bash. Read more at the Mineral […]