Okla. Horse Slaughter Bill Author Denies Financial Motivation

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, said she proposed House Bill 1999 to help the horse livestock economy and open up an outlet for people to dispose of their horses. Critics, however, call it a conflict of interest meant to boost finances at her grandparent’s horse auction, the largest in the state. Read more at The Oklahoman.
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Griffin Dispersal Set For April 6

GriffinCover1The Griffin family has decided to part ways with their lives’ work and a legacy of world-caliber reining horses. Just days after the phenomenal stallion Whiz N Tag Chex earned National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Sire Status for his owners this past December 2012, the Griffin family, comprised of Lance, Terry and Samantha Griffin made a huge announcement: their beautiful copper-colored stallion would be offered for sale, in addition to the family’s astonishing 280-acre Oklahoma ranch, equipment and legacy of 80+ reining horses.

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Tapt Twice Tops $1 Million as Dam

TaptTwicePRappMA3Tapt Twice & Phil Rapp – Photo by Midge AmesTapt Twice, the 1999 mare (Dual Pep x Tap O Lena x Doc O’Lena) who carried her breeders and longtime owners and riders Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, to combined cutting earnings of $285,226, recently became the 15th mare to produce cutting earners of more than $1,000,000.

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Equi-Stat Open Rider Award Winner Lloyd Cox

LloydCoxLloyd CoxStandout stallions 4-year-old Hottish and 5-year-old One Time Royalty, owned by two of his clients, did much of the work establishing Lloyd Cox as cutting’s top Open earner last year. The Fort Morgan, Colo., trainer still wouldn’t have finished as the 2012 Equi-Stat Open Award winner for the third time in 10 years without strong performances by two other customers’ 3-year-olds, plus money he earned with two 4-year-olds he and his wife, Christina, owned.

“Those two horses [Hottish and One Time Royalty] did a lot of it, but most times, it is decided at the [NCHA] Futurity,” Cox said of the Equi-Stat Top Open Rider Award. “We did finish up strong.”

Cattle Feed Margins Decline Again

Cattle feeding margins declined $17 per head last week as cash sales dropped another $1 per hundredweight, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. Beef packers saw their margins improve $20 per head, leaving losses at $14.52 per head. The Sterling Beef Profit Quotient declined 47 points for the week and the industry profitability index […]
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Legends Lil Squeeze Wins Big In Gordyville

GordyvilleArenaGordyville USA wrapped up another great show for reiners on March 17.Legends Lil Squeeze wrapped up the Bluegrass Reining Stakes, featuring the Wimpys Little Step Derby and the Gordyville Breeders Derby, on March 17 with four wins totaling more than $21,000.

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Magnum Chic Dream Becomes NRHA $2 Million Sire

magnumchicdream jbMagnum Chic Dream (photo by John Brasseaux)Magnum Chic Dream reached a milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Assocation’s (NRHA) 12th Two Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, the 17-year-old sorrel stallion currently stands at Cedar Ridge Stallion Station, Whitesboro, Texas.

Missouri Groups Seek To Redefine Animal Neglect

A Missouri state representative claims animal abuse laws are inaccurate and has proposed a bill to change the law regarding crimes of animal neglect and animal abuse. The legislation, HB 564, separates animal abuse or neglect from a new provision defining “animal trespass.” A release from the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says the legislation differentiates between […]

Pickett Estate Sale On March 18

The Sulpher Livestock Auction is holding the Steve Pickett Estate Sale on Monday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Equipment sells first, followed by approximately 400 horses including the stallion Bay Starlite, whose foals have earned more than $70,000 in NCHA, NRCHA and NRHA competition and have more than 350 AQHA points to […]