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Services Set For Amy Bell

DontBeGrabbin ABellAmy Bell, pictured at the Tunica Futurity with Dont Be GrabbinAmy Bell, of Dennis, Texas, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday morning, May 16, in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital, a few hours before she expected to compete with two of her horses at the ongoing Breeder’s Invitational cutting.


Announcing The Shannon Burwash Memorial Award for Equine and Agricultural Studies

shannon-burwashShannon BurwashDr. Wayne Burwash is pleased to announce the launch of the Shannon Burwash Memorial Award for Equine and Agricultural Studies at The Calgary Foundation. Established to honor the legacy of Shannon's love for the horse and her contribution to the horse industry, the award will benefit Canadian post-secondary students in any field of study, with a preference for those pursuing agriculture, agri-business or equine-oriented studies.


Frankly Speaking: Financial Frankness

Slide2Elwood P. Suggins, a character played by the late comedian Jonathan Winters, claimed to be a “Detroit Dynamo.” He knew what it meant to “crash, burn, roll over, have a flat tire and things of that nature.” I guess I’m a little like Elwood P. Suggins, at least with my experience in the horse business. Anyone who’s spent much time in this industry knows exactly what I mean. We’ve all been down that road, and right now it’s about time to wake Leroy up from the back seat so he can witness the crash that’s fixin’ to happen!

Many equine-based organizations (like most not-for-profit institutions nowadays) are experiencing revenue shortfalls. There is less breeding and registering, slower buying and selling (transfer fees), lower entry counts and new memberships. Less, slower and lower add up to fewer dollars, all the way around. Why has this happened? Most recently we point to the “Great Recession of 2008.” But even before that, numbers were trending down because of factors that are still gnawing at our industry today: aging membership demographics, decline of youth members who evolve into adult members, decrease in youth participation numbers, and lessening of the average family’s discretionary income. All these elements, coupled with a dwindling middle-aged membership base, can be a recipe for disaster.

See No Evil…

Recently, I was reading an online discussion about something that nobody likes to talk about – cheating and lying. In modern society, the two are so prevalent in all aspects of daily life that we become almost immune to the topic. From children cheating on school exams to executives lying about business matters, evidence of deceit is abundant in newspapers, on television news programs and online.

The equine industry is not exempt from unscrupulous people out to make a fast buck at someone else’s expense. If you’ve been around horses for any length of time, you probably have at least one story of someone who tried to, or did, take advantage of you, whether it’s a trainer, a veterinarian, an auctioneer, an agent or an owner. If you listened to and believed even half the stories circulating, you wouldn’t think there was an honest person to be found in the horse industry. Luckily, that isn’t the case and, for the most part, horse people are honest and prefer to do business with integrity.

Federal Agents Raid Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy

The Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy in Weatherford, Texas, was searched on Tuesday by agents of at least two federal agencies executing a search warrant, according to a report in the Weatherford Democrat. The United States Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out the search of the compounding pharmacy owned by Joe […]
Aarons Peptoboonsmal

Aaron Ranch Buys Peptoboonsmal

Aarons PeptoboonsmalPhillip and Lori Aaron brought Peptoboonsmal home to Aaron Ranch on Tuesday morning • QHN photo by Stacy PigottA Tuesday morning trailer ride from Whitesboro, Texas, to Aaron Ranch in Commerce, Texas, followed the recently completed sale of 22-year-old stallion Peptoboonsmal, the 1995 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion who ranks among the all-time best cutting and reined cow horse sires.