The Great Southwest Equestrian Center, located in Katy, Texas, has announced the creation of the Heritage Futurity. The new event, which will debut Oct. 4-6, features $60,000 in total added money.
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Quarter Horse News recently announced it will continue its title sponsorship of the 2013 Quarter Horse News Tulsa Reining Classic Stallion Service Auction. The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic, scheduled for Aug. 27 - Sept. 1, has become an important stop along the fall reining show trail.
Acting through the City of Fort Worth, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) recently repaid the State of Texas about $361,000. In doing so, it secured the release of about $3.4 million in state funds expected to head its way soon.
On June 3, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) held a Town Hall meeting to discuss equine welfare. The three-hour meeting, available to view at usefnetwork.com, had a short, but powerful agenda. Two of the items centered around rule changes – one to institute mandatory reporting of horses that collapse at a USEF-licensed show for no apparent reason; and the other to prohibit injections within 12 hours of competition, with minor exceptions.
Now, just because cutting and reined cow horse aren’t USEF disciplines, like reining, doesn’t mean the rest of you shouldn’t pay attention, too. History has proven time and again that equestrian sports don’t operate in a bubble – what happens to one can, and will, eventually happen to us all. So listen up.
In cutting – really everywhere, but cutting is all that matters – we tend to have a higher estimation of ourselves than is correct. We think we are fine, everybody else thinks we are rough. Buy us for what we are worth, sell us for what we think we are worth, and you’d have a nice profit. This makes for a poor student. If you have to learn all your lessons the hard way, you will be bruised and battered, like a chicken fried steak.