National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional who exemplified excellence in the NRHA community in 2013. Nominations are due March 1, and any current NRHA member can nominate a 2013 NRHA Professional.Nominate a
Longtime leading stallion and former standout cutting performer Smart Aristocrat died Friday, Feb. 14, in Weatherford, Texas, due to complications of colic surgery.
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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.