Gianna Pietrafeso Wows in Denver

Gianna webGianna Pietrafeso & Smokin Tap • Photo by Alex LynchGianna Pietrafeso walked to the herd in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Transwest Denver Nationals $35,000 Non-Pro finals with the goal of having a clean run, but she came out with more than just an accurate performance.

The Cowboy Channel Launches on July 1st

logosThe FamilyNet cable television network will be rebranded as The Cowboy Channel, which will launch July 1.Rural Media Group (RMG) announced today that its FamilyNet cable television network will be rebranded “The Cowboy Channel” effective July 1. Programming will shift from airing the nostalgic and popular comedy sitcoms of the '70s and '80s to being anchored by Western sports and everything that encompasses the popular Western lifestyle.

Kenny Platt Dominates in Denver

kennyplatt web$5,000 Novice Horse Open winners Dualin Smooth Legacy and Kenny Platt • Photo by Kristin PitzerIt has been said that competing on home turf gives someone an advantage, and at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Transwest Denver Nationals, Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Kenny Platt confirmed that thought.

Support Grows for Reining Boot Camps Benefiting the Crisis Fund

RHFReining Boot Camps are gaining support, helping to raise money for the Reining Horse Foundation's Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund.Reining Boot Camps are a series of reining clinics that serve as the major fundraiser for the Reining Horse Foundation’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund. Classic Equine remains the presenting sponsor as it has been during the program’s 14-year run when it was called Rookie Days, and support for the Boot Camp program is growing.

2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships Junior and Young Rider Team Named

NRBC ChicsDreamOfDiamonds JMedows 17KBPJack Medows at the 2017 National Reining Breeders Classic, where he showed Chicsdreamofdiamonds to the Level 4 Non-Pro Championship. • Photo by Kristin PitzerUS Equestrian has named a group of up-and-coming athletes to the U.S. teams for the 2017 SVAG Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders, to be held Aug. 9-12 in Givrins, Switzerland. Platinum Performance will serve as the title sponsor for the junior and young rider teams at the inaugural championships.

The Right Horse Initiative & Zoetis Announce Educational Partnership

TRH-Horiz-BlackThe Right Horse and Zoetis partnered together to help horses in transition as they change careers or owners.Zoetis and The Right Horse Initiative announced their partnership to help horses in transition. Each year, hundreds of thousands of horses change careers or owners; a growing number of these horses end up at risk of inhumane treatment.

Led by the WaterShed Animal Fund, a division of the Arnall Family Foundation, The Right Horse Initiative works to unify equine industry professionals, welfare advocates and the public to improve the lives of horses in transition and reframe the conversation to shatter the stigma surrounding horse adoption.

Time to Ride Reaches Major Milestone

timetoride webTime to Ride has reached a major milestone by connecting 100,000 new people to horses. The industry outreach program, created by an alliance of forward-thinking companies and organizations, focuses on increasing participation in the horse industry by engaging new enthusiasts in equine activities.

PCCHA Derby Open Dominated by Co-Champions

simpkins-ward-martin-sniderDarren Simpkins, Carol Ward, Bonnie Martin & Jaime Snider • Photo by Bridget KirkwoodThe Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby and Classic Challenge came to a close June 18 with Crafty With Cows and Reysin Kittens being named co-champions in the feature event after marking scores of 223. Crafty With Cows was ridden by Darren Simpkins, while Jaime Snider rode Reysin Kittens.

Jill Montgomery Receives 2017 Van Ness Award

Jill-Montgomery webJill Montgomery • Photo courtesy of AHCEach year, the American Horse Council (AHC) presents the Van Ness Award to an individual who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state. It is awarded in memory of Mrs. Marjorie Van Ness, one of the founders of the New Jersey Horse Council. Mrs. Van Ness was one of the organizers of the AHC’s Coalition of State Horse Councils.