Todd Bergen — “Framework of Performance”

ToddBergenVideoCoverIn this 4.5 hour video series, Todd Bergen explains the fundamentals behind the training program that has made him the #1 All Time Leading Rider of reining, working cowhorse, and cutting horses. Using a combination of detailed drill sequences and explanations, Todd discusses the mechanics of body control as they relate to performance horse maneuvers and overall efficiency.

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Reining Horse’s Death Under Investigation

bellagunnabegifted bwilliams 12wBella Gunnabe Gifted, pictured last year with former trainer Barbara Williams • photo by WaltenberryThe recent death of a 5-year-old reining mare while she was training at a California ranch is under investigation, a San Diego County Animal Services official has confirmed.

According to Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, a necropsy on Bella Gunnabe Gifted has been ordered and charges could be filed if abuse is determined to be a factor in the mare’s death. The investigation also could determine abuse was not a factor, or it could prove inconclusive.


Memorial Set For L.H. Wood

lhwoodL.H. WoodA celebration of life for L.H. Wood, 87, of Decatur, Texas, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Western Star Cowboy Church in Springtown, Texas. Pastor Bobby Bowden will officiate and burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Wood, a National Cutting Horse Association [NCHA] Hall of Fame honoree who served as a U.S. Army paratrooper, worked hard for many years as a construction contractor and led two NCHA Hall of Fame sons into cutting, passed away Sept. 21.


AQHA Files Appeal In Cloning Case

AQHA LogoOn Sept. 23, the last day possible, attorneys for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in Amarillo, Texas, indicating the AQHA will contest the court’s recent ruling ordering it to change its rules to accept the registration of cloned Quarter Horses.

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High Brow Cat To Be Honored At NCHA Futurity

highbrowcat camHigh Brow Cat • photo by Cam EssickHigh Brow Cat, the leading sire of cutting horses, will be the subject of a special tribute during the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 21 through Dec. 14.


Louellas Cat Carries Lindy Burch To Win Mercuria/NCHA Open

LindyBurchLindy BurchA full crowd filled the stands at the El Rancho Futurity on Sept. 14 in anticipation of the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting finals in Rancho Murieta, Calif. Through all the high scores being posted in the Open finals, it was Louellas Cat and Lindy Burch who bested the competition and took the Championship.

Values And Contradiction

We live in a world of contradiction. Whether you notice it or not, contradiction permeates our daily lives. It’s at home, at work, on the news, in the store, next door and across the street.

Frankly Speaking: The Time Has Come

Over the past couple of years, you’ve heard me speak about the urgent issues of building and encouraging youth horsemen, along with the problems the horse industry faces because of ever-decreasing numbers in membership. Even though these are two separate issues, they really go together as one impacts the other. I have asked you to become aware of this dual-edged dilemma because it really could be the most important factor in determining how the equine landscape looks in the future.