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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.
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.Keith Hall, owner of 1990 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion
Jack 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.
With $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.