Titles Awarded at Breeder’s Invitational

Kadie Weeks Reytalic webKadie Weeks Hermes & Reytalic • Photo by Dawn BaxtromThe Breeder’s Invitational (BI) has been underway for more than a week, and on May 20, five action-packed finals brought excitement to Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the Derby Unlimited Amateur finals, an impressive group came out to showcase their abilities, but only one duo came out on top.

Changes for NCHA Youth Announced

YouthCostumesYouth participation is an important part of the NCHA's National Championship shows, and changes to the point system have been announced. • Photo by Alex LynchThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) youth committee had a teleconference on May 1 to discuss Youth rules related to the National Championship shows. The committees proposed changed were approved by the executive committee as of May 18.

AQHA Approves Convention Recommendations

aqha logo horse.ashxThe American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) executive committee approved several recommendations from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission at the 2017 AQHA Convention. The recommendations ranged from adding specific medications to the AQHA forbidden drugs or substances list to a recommendation to use all drug- and animal welfare-related fines to support the AQHA steward program.

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Always Dreaming 02Always Dreaming and jockey John Velazquez won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, on May 6. • Photo by Diane Bondareff /AP Images for Longines

Two weeks ago: May 6, 2017, the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby took place in Louisville, Kentucky. The field had 20 horses in it, the 20 best 3-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses in the world. Four of the 20 horses, or 20 percent of the field, had direct ties to bloodlines my family purchased firsthand, including the winner, Always Dreaming!

Lewis Wray Receives University of Arkansas Honor

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.

Trey Hunt Loses Fight Against Cancer

UltimatelyStylish THunt 16Trey Hunt, pictured at the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes aboard Ultimately Stylish • Photo by Kristin Pitzer After months of battling cancer, cutting horse trainer Trey Hunt passed away May 14. A husband and father, Hunt left behind a loving family and an industry full of people that are mourning the loss.

Carolina Dreamin

LilDreaminMagnum JGates 051317Lil Dreamin Magnum & Jeremy Gates • Photo by Kelsey PecsekTying for the Carolina Classic Derby Level 4 Open win in 2016 was a great achievement for Lil Dreamin Magnum and Jeremy Gates, but the team refused to settle. They returned to the show this year with their eyes on the prize, and that focus was rewarded with all the glory from the Level 4 Open Championship.