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Goodbye to June Bug Dually

Written by Kelsey Pecsek on .

JuneBugDually DSimpkins 07June Bug Dually & Darren Simpkins at the 2007 NCHA Futurity • Photo by Don ShugartJune Bug Dually put her name on the map in 2007 at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. A decade later, on May 21, she was laid to rest after sustaining injuries in a pasture accident.

Purple Reyn Dies at 7

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PurpleReyn BDufurrena KPPurple Reyn, pictured with breeder Brandon Dufurrena • Photo by Kelsey PecsekPurple Reyn, known for her grit and flair in the show pen, died the morning of May 23 due to complications associated with enteritis. The talented mare was 7 years old.

NCHA Selects New CFO

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BarbBenedum 17Barb Benedum • Photo courtesy of the NCHAThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) recently welcomed a new chief financial officer (CFO). Barb Benedum assumed the new position May 15.

Ron Pietrafeso Named NCHA Vice President

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RonPietrafesoRon Pietrafeso • Photo courtesy of the NCHAThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) released the results of the organization’s vice presidential election May 23. With a total of 2,307 ballots received and tabulated by the independent voting firm Simply Voting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the winner by majority was Ron Pietrafeso.

Lewis Wray Receives University of Arkansas Honor

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LewisWray 15SPLewis Wray • Photo by Stacy PigottLewis Wray was selected to be the 2017 recipient of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science Friend of the Department Award. The Department of Animal Science elects individuals who have excelled in the support of animal science, not only at the department, but also in other areas of development in the industry.