Hall Of Fame Cutting Trainer Pat Earnheart Dies

PatEarnheartKelle-webPat Earnheart and daughter, KelleAccomplished cutting horse trainer and aged event producer Pat Earnheart, 65, Hernando, Miss., passed away Tuesday, May 28, following a long illness.

A member of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Riders’ Hall Of Fame, Earnheart earned $1,940,955 during a career that started in the early 1970s. He also worked many years with partners producing several major limited-age events, including the Memphis and Tunica futurities and the Cotton Stakes Derby and Classic.

NCHA Releases Statement On Pending Kurtz Lawsuit

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), based in Fort Worth, Texas, has released a statement regarding its pending lawsuit against Glory Ann Kurtz, the owner and moderator of View the NCHA’s statement about its reason for filing suit.
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Buying Your First Horse Property

01 Driveway 13CPhoto courtesy of Coalson Real EstateThe right facility is one of the most important tools a horseman can have. Whether you are a professional trainer or a breeder with a few mares in the pasture, the right facility can make horsekeeping at home easier. However, many people find the real estate search to be intimidating and overwhelming. A few real estate professionals in the horse industry and some experienced buyers offer their advice on the matter of buying that first place.

What to Expect When Vaccinating Horses

vaccinationWe know you love your horse and understand that vaccinations can help protect it from life-threatening diseases. But vaccines can come with side effects due to the immune stimulation they have to create. Most of these effects are mild and transient, but it's important to be able to distinguish between minor side effects and those reactions that warrant a call to your veterinarian.

NCHA Sues blogger Glory Ann Kurtz

Last week, the Fort Worth-based National Cutting Horse Association sued Glory Ann Kurtz, an NCHA who requested records, saying the woman refused to sign a nondisclosure form. Read more from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Read more here:

Lil Catbaloo & Lloyd Cox Win Breeder’s Invitational Derby Open

LilCatbalooLloydCoxLil Catbaloo with trainer LloydCox (left) and owners Gene and Michelle Morris

A 227 posted Saturday, May 26, by cutting stallion Lil Catbaloo gave trainer and rider Lloyd Cox his second straight Breeder’s Invitational (BI) Derby Open victory. It was an exciting day for owners Gene and Michelle Morris, who were there to celebrate their first “rock star” horse’s win.


Bill Cowan & Merada Jo Top Breeder’s Invitational Derby Non-Pro

BillCowanBill and Makayla Cowan with Merada JoBill Cowan and his wife’s horse, Merada Jo, won the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) Derby Non-Pro title Saturday, May 25, in Tulsa, Okla., to earn $30,404. But while his wife, Michelle, is proud of the effort, she still expects her horse back for the next show.


Horse With “Uptown Girl” Connection Wins Big

HighClassedModelHigh Classed ModelJust one look 12 years ago convinced Norda Berger that she wanted to buy High Classed Model. Little did she know the mare would eventually produce a Breeder’s Invitational Classic/Challenge Amateur Champion. This year, High Classed Hottie carried Berger to a 224 for the win.


Tornado Damage And Relief Updates

WeidnerTornadoRandy Weidner's picture of the tornado approaching the Celestial Acres barns.On May 20, an F5 tornado hit Moore, Okla., killing dozens of people with many more injured or missing at press time. Several horse properties were damaged, most notably the Orr Family Farm and an adjacent property, Celestial Acres Training Center. Approximately 75-100 horses died at that location, adding to a total count of around 150 horses in the entire Moore area that lost their lives.