False Beliefs

The other day I was scanning the news headlines when one in particular peaked my interest. “Humane Society, others to pay Feld, Ringling Bros. $15 million in Asian elephant lawsuit.” The article reported on the conclusion of the 14-year lawsuit between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups and Feld Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, over the care of its elephants.


Wareable Tops PCCHA Classic/Challenge Open

wareableWareable and Morgan Cromer • photo by Midge AmesWareable carried trainer Morgan Cromer to a 224.5 and a win worth $11,245 Thursday at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas during the Classic/Challenge Open finals at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby.


Dual Smart Kitty Tops PCCHA Derby Open

dualsmartkitty-pcchaDual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson • photo by Midge AmesNational Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year leaders Dual Smart Kitty extended her edge Thursday in Las Vegas, hitting the jackpot in the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby Open finals with a 226 to earn $18,012, plus quite a few more Horse of the Year points.

Racehorse Owners Can Now Make Veterinary Records Public

Owners who voluntarily pledge to make their horse’s veterinary records public can now upload those records to a page hosted by horseracingreform.org, The Jockey Club announced June 6. Owners can upload their horses’ records or request that an email be sent to the horse’s trainer, enabling the trainer to upload the horse’s records. Read the complete […]

Soula Jule Star Sold To Brazil

asoulajulestarSoula Jule StarOn June 10, Susie Reed, manager of Polo Ranch stallions, announced that Soula Jule Star has been sold to Sandra Navarro, owner of Think A Mite Ranch in Paraná, Brazil.


Chuck Smith Elected As NCHA Vice President

chucksmithChuck SmithChuck Smith, of Canal, Winchester, Ohio, is the newly elected National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Vice President. NCHA announced the voting outcome today that favored Smith with 1,240 votes over his opponent Dick Mulligan, a Jackson, Wyo., attorney and non-pro cutter, who received 719 votes. There were 12 abstentions.

An hour after learning of the voting outcome, Smith said he already had received about 50 congratulatory calls, and he’s looking forward to serving NCHA in this leadership role.

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Western Bloodstock Adds Three New Sales

silverado salesThe Silverado sale arena will be the site of a new Western Bloodstock sale this fall.In a move to broaden the market and offer premium auctions at moderate prices for all classes of performance horses, Western Bloodstock Ltd. has expanded its roster to include three new sales, in addition to their premier venues at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes, and NCHA Summer Spectacular Sales in Fort Worth.

The new sales are the Western Fall Roundup, to be held on Sept. 6, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.; the Big Bash on the Brazos on Sept. 23 at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas; and the Western Winter Roundup on Jan. 10, 2015, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.


Records Set in Pro Horse Services May Online Auction

ellusiveclueHighest-seller Ellusive ClueProfessional Horses Services, LLC, recently announced the results of its May Online Auction, which closed on May 21. The company has been holding online auctions since December 2012. Pro Horse Services owner Mike Jennings said, “Our new high seller brought $30,100. We registered 276 bidders and had 71,855 page views for the online catalog by the end of bidding.”

The highest-seller, Ellusive Clue, is a 3-year-old daughter of Mr Elusive who sold in foal to JMK Bocephus for $30,100. The filly was from the JMK Quarter Horses consignment and sold to Virginia Webber of Kansas.


Canada Wins Bid to Host 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games

bromontBromont/Montreal will host the 2018 World Equestrian Games.On June 9, members of the Bromont Bid Committee, along with Equine Canada President, Al Patterson and CEO, Eva Havaris, announced that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Bureau has unanimously awarded the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ to Bromont/Montreal as host city, with the Games to be held at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.

Frankly Speaking: Chrome Effect

Since earlier this spring, I have followed the exploits of one “California Chrome” and his march toward the Triple Crown title of Thoroughbred racing: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and, finally, the Belmont Stakes. By the time you read this, “Chrome” will have either won or lost his battle to reach equine greatness – one that has only been achieved by 11 other horses. My hope, of course, is that he has won the Belmont and become the worldwide, polarizing individual that “Secretariat” once was (and still is, to a lesser extent, today).