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Touring with the King

elvis-ron-pietrafesoElvis (upper left) in 1975, dressed in Denver police captain's attire to camouflage him when they took him to dinner. Pictured with Elvis are Captain Jerry Kennedy (top right), Bob Cantwell (lower left) and Detective Ron Pietrafeso (lower right). • Courtesy of Ron PietrafesoBefore Ron Pietrafeso hit the open road with his family – wife Adrienne and daughters Nicole, Jessica and Gianna – on the weekend cutting circuit, he used to roll with the King himself. Pietrafeso, then a Denver police officer, met Elvis Presley while working an extra security gig in Colorado. The Colorado cop and the singer from Tupelo, Mississippi, quickly became friends.

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Time to Ride Challenge Prepares for National Meet-a-Horse Day

QHN Stock PhotoFamilies across the nation are invited to meet a horse on Saturday, July 25, at participating Time to Ride Challenge host locations. Stables, camps, clubs and businesses are opening their doors for National Meet-a-Horse Day to help new equine enthusiasts make a connection with a horse.

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AAEP Focus On Poor Performance Meeting Scheduled For September

BandagedLeg KP-copyTreatment options for the performance horse will be reviewed. • Photo by Kelsey PecsekEquine veterinarians will unravel the mysteries behind impaired performance in the athletic horse when the American Association of Equine Practitioners’(AAEP) Focus on Poor Performance meeting convenes in Lexington, Kentucky, Sept. 10-12.

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NCHA European Championship Slated for 2015

NCHA EuropeThe first NCHA European Championship to be held Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in FranceThe first National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon in Lyon, France, from Oct. 28-Nov. 1. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.

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John Swales Wraps Up Busy Calgary Stampede With Cow Horse Wins

john-swalesJohn Swales and SLR Won Smart WolfAs the last Working Cow Horse Classic finalist existed the Calgary Stampede’s Agrium Western Event Center arena on Friday, July 10, many weary committee members, volunteers, trainers, riders, and their helpers and family members were looking forward to some much-deserved rest. And probably none more than five-time Calgary Stampede Open Bridle Champion John Swales, of Millarville, Alberta.

During the two-day event, Swales won one championship – the Open Hackamore – showed three out of the five Open Bridle finalists (back-to-back), coached three of his clients to championship titles in the Open Bridle, Limited Open Bridle and Novice Non-Pro Bridle, and helped and encouraged many of his fellow competitors.

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One Time Choice Tops Calgary Stampede Mercuria Open

one-time-choice-calgary15Open Champions One Time Choice and Chubby TurnerCutting enthusiasts attending the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series Open and Non-Pro finals on Wednesday, July 8, got their money’s worth and more for the Calgary Stampede tickets they purchased. The world-class competitors put on a show that was impressive and unforgettable.

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Top Talent Featured in Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown Slot Cutting

Junie-Wood-2014Junie Wood & John Mitchell • Hart PhotosThe draw sheet for the inaugural Western Bloodstock National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Showdown in Cowtown Slot Cutting reads like a Who’s Who in the cutting horse industry. The line-up for the first-go of the Open, to be held July 9 at the Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas, includes two Horses of the Year, as well as four NCHA Futurity champions and numerous aged event winners.