Traffic Accident Leads to Death of Cutting Horse

stepperSurviving horse Stepper with Jake and Stephanie Hanson and their children, Reed, Landon and Kaia.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.


AQHA Files Request For Stay Of Clone Registrations

cloneoffspringThis yearling filly is out of Smart Look Classic, a clone of The Smart Look. Photo by Stacy PigottOn 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 Aug. 22 court order requiring the association to begin registering clones until an ongoing appeal is completed.


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

badtoothWell, for starters, it just looks bad. Secondly, there is a normal tooth misplaced, a terribly diseased tooth hanging on for dear life and another gone altogether. If pictures could smell, this one would. The black tooth smelled as bad as it looked.

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Show By Appointment’s Championship Finals End On A High Note

SmartShooter MorganHolmesMorgan Holmes and Smart Shooter • Photo by Mary Adelaide BrakenridgeShow By Appointment’s (SBA) inaugural Championship Finals concluded on Sunday at the Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Fla. Youth, Level One and Level Two Boxing, and Two Rein riders came out for their second go, and champions received generous cash awards and prizes sponsored by Skyline Vaquero, Don Rich Saddlery and J.W. Brooks Custom Hats. Jay Holmes, who owns and operates Triple J Ranch with his wife, Rhonda, was happy to host the Finals.

Horse Abuse

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.


Craig’s Spin: Hauling Checklist

leftsideSimplify your pre-show preparation with a comprehensive hauling checklist.Since the Oct. 15 issue of Quarter Horse News is the Truck & Trailer edition, I thought it would be beneficial to provide you with my checklist of what I do before we leave for a horse show. This list was developed after countless times we forgot to take things to the shows or experienced hauling issues from not checking the simple things before we left. I wish I had this list when we first started going down the road, so I hope it helps you, too!

Cornbread Thinks: Judging in the Bigs

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.


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.