Exhibitors will be riding, sliding, roping, boxing and fence-turning their way to an inaugural American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Novice Championship title come April. The very first Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Show is on the books for April 17-19, 2014, at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla.
A 3-year-old stallion named Cataduala and Canadian trainer Gerry Hansma claimed the Wrangler Cutting Futurity Open title and $16,928 on Oct. 19, near the end of the Oct. 16-20 Calgary Stampede limited-age event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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An early morning traffic accident on Saturday, Oct. 19, along a remote north Texas roadway led to the death of a promising young cutting horse. The vehicle’s driver, National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame trainer Phil Hanson, and three other horses survived.
Aug. 22 court order requiring the association to begin registering clones until an ongoing appeal is completed.On Oct. 14, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) filed a stay request with the Northern District of Texas United States District Court in Amarillo, Texas. The stay request asks the court to delay enforcing an
For the past couple of days, the reining industry has been abuzz with allegations of horse abuse at a ranch in Southern California. A 5-year-old mare is dead and a trainer is being accused of causing her death. Local animal control officers were called and, as I write this, an investigation is underway.
I don’t know if the trainer in question is guilty of horse abuse or not. A necropsy is being done and, when the animal control investigation is concluded, the final report should shed some light on a situation that is surrounded by rumors and heresay.
There is a manure load of money to be realized in the Bigs, events with $100,000 minimum. Prize money is actually the little money in cutting. Big money is a mare having 20 babies selling for $50,000 apiece. Or a stallion breeding a full book of mares for a couple of decades at $10,000. Each.
Somebody has to decide which pony got the job done best. All cutters are experts. We should be able to decide who was best amongst ourselves. Right? Honey Baked Hams will be franchising in the Middle East before that works.
Until then, we will stick with the five judge/monitor/video review system. The one we have been using for 25 years. It is complicated. It is expensive. It has more moving pieces than a Swiss watch. It is as fair as humans can make it, eliminating anything that could even possibly have the appearance of unfairness.