Hall Pleads No Contest To Cruelty To Animals Charge

keithhall13mtKeith HallKeith Hall, owner of 1990 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Millie Montana and many other cutting horses since the early 1980s, pled no contest on Friday, Oct. 11, in a Weatherford, Texas, courtroom to one count of cruelty to animals. Eight similar charges, also tied to nine horses discovered dead or dying near Weatherford on Aug. 12, 2011, were dismissed as a condition of the negotiated plea.


Jack Lidester Passes Away

jacklidesterJack LidesterJack B. Lidester, age 80, a well known horseman, of Wingate, Ind., died Saturday, Oct. 5, in St. Elizabeth Central Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. He had been in failing health the past several years.


Cutting at the Congress

lanewoodLane Wood and Pepto BoomWith $25,000 added in both the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting Open and Non-Pro, there was incentive for trainers to travel from far-flung states to the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Texas competitors took the top spots in both the Open and Non-Pro divisions.


Auction of Al Dunning’s Personal Collection

AlDunningSaleThe sale will feature around 400 high-quality items.On Saturday, Oct. 12, renowned horseman Al Dunning will offer a selection of his personal bit and equipment collection at auction. The auction, hosted by A&S Auction Company in Waco, Texas, will begin at 10 a.m.
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Smart Little Pepinic Becomes NRCHA Million-Dollar Sire

SmartLittlePepinic JWardSmart Little Pepinic and John Ward • Photo by Primo MoralesSmart Little Pepinic has become the National Reined Cow Horse Association's (NRCHA) newest Million-Dollar Sire. The 1993 stallion became a part of the iconic reined cow horse breeding program at the Ward Ranch in Kingsburg, Calif., when ranch founder Greg Ward purchased him as a 2-year-old. John Ward piloted him to the majority of his Equi-Statearnings, totaling $87,762, both in National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and NRCHA arenas.


Early Blizzard Ravages South Dakota Cattle

2013SDstorm2Tens of thousands of cattle are estimated to have died in the worst blizzard in South Dakota's history.An unexpectedly early and severe winter storm devastated western South Dakota cattle herds on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, creating an overall livestock loss estimated at more than 60,000 head, a daunting clean-up project and limited reimbursement chances that might force some cattlemen out of business.

Fund setup to assist S.D. cattle producers as furlough continues

South Dakota cattle producers with losses stemming from last weekend’s blizzard may be frustrated by the lack of federal assistance due to government shutdown, but help is on the way. The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund was established on Oct. 8, 2013, by Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to […]

Tammy Jo Hays Wins NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Championship Aboard SDP Got Fancy Genes

TJHays13Tammy Jo Hays & SDP Got Fancy Genes (Photo by Primo Morales)Tammy Jo Hays has won the Non-Pro Championship at every National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Premier Event except one: the Snaffle Bit Futurity. That all changed Friday, Oct. 4, when Hays claimed the Futurity Non-Pro title on SDP Got Fancy Genes (RC Fancy Step x SDP I Got Good Genes x Dual Rey), a mare she owns with her father, Walter Greeman.