Olympian Contemplates Training Career

Bode Miller, a six-time Olympic medallist, has decided that training racehorses may be his next endeavor once his professional ski career comes to an end.  The Paulick Report has the full story.
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Smart Aristocrat Dies

Smart AristocratSmart Aristocrat and Bill Freeman winning the 1995 Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old OpenLongtime leading stallion and former standout cutting performer Smart Aristocrat died Friday, Feb. 14, in Weatherford, Texas, due to complications of colic surgery.

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NCHA Vice President Candidates Selected

nchavpsNCHA vice president candidates Dick Mulligan (left) and Chuck Smith (right)Chuck Smith, a longtime Ohio cutting horse trainer, and Dick Mulligan, a Wyoming attorney and longtime non-pro rider, have been nominated by the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) as its candidates for this year’s vice president race.

It Takes A Village

Last night, I read a great article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about a youth exhibitor at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. On Jan. 26, Josh Hass, of Alba, Texas, walked his Santa Gertrudis heifer into the arena like any other handler. He set her up, showed her to the judge and awaited the placings, collecting a red ribbon for finishing in second place. There were two clues there was something different about Josh, though. The first was his ever-present sunglasses; the second was the girl who never left his side. He needs both, because 16-year-old Josh is blind.

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NRHA Marketing Internships Available

spinThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Marketing Department offers two internships each year. The first internship is held during the NRHA Derby Show in June and the second is held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show beginning in late November. Applications are now being accepted for these opportunities.

Florida Horse Racing Has $905 Million Economic Impact

The Florida horse racing industry generates an annual economic impact of $905 million to the state, according to a study presented Monday to the Florida Senate Gaming Committee. In addition to the nearly $1 billion economic impact, the study also showed that the racing industry is also responsible for 12,000 jobs. Read the full story […]
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NFACC Code of Practice Available Online

CodeThe simple definition of welfare, “quality of life,” can sometimes be unclear, as this term can mean different things to different people. In the past, society normally regarded equine welfare only as it relates to the animal’s physiology and environment, such as feeding and shelter. Over the past 15 years, the science of animal welfare has made huge developments in recognizing needs by expanding the concept to also include horses’ well-being and related tolerable threshold of pain, suffering or neglect.

What’s In A Name?

It’s been more than 400 years since Shakespeare wrote “Romeo and Juliet,” and Juliet Capulet spoke the immortal lines, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.” The point Juliet was making to her dear Romeo was that a name is a meaningless; She was in love with the person called Romeo Montague, not the name itself or the family behind it.

Juliet and Shakespeare may believe names are meaningless, but the horseman who agrees with them is rare, indeed. Horse names, it seems, are vitally important, with breeders and owners spending hours upon hours dwelling on potential monikers for their newborn foals.