Frankly Speaking: Give Them A Break

Last month I addressed the sales model of the show/performance industry and how lowering the standard commission would help producers and encourage growth. That’s one step. But there are many more steps we need to take along the way, as we continue along a road where we are constantly sideswiped by the marketplace’s shrinking base.

Economically and demographically, we’re not where we were 10 years ago. And yet our business model is still chugging ahead as though it’s a decade back. 

Go Back Before You Go Forward

By Anna Mitchell

What better time to take a step back and regain control of your life than right now? We are moving into the start of a new year. This is a great time to put last year's regrets and disappointments behind you and grab the New Year by the horns. But wait ... Before you dive off into a brand-new year, you need to take a moment to review last year. We need to go back before we go forward to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.

Horse Slaughter Plant To Open Near Roswell Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, a horse slaughter plant will open near Roswell, Nev. According to the owner, Rick De Los Santos, the plant will have 15 employees upon opening, and 20 horses are already lined up.  Read the full story at KOB 4.  
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Newest Adequan NAAC Champions Crowned

TheWhizWay SArcherThe Whiz Way & Stephen Archer • Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosts the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) each year during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. The championships are for NRHA members and horses that have qualified through their respective Regional Affiliate Finals. Each finals sends its eight highest-placing riders, plus ties, to the Adequan NAAC to compete for North American bragging rights.


Arcese Quarter Horses USA Surpasses Two Million

 EleuterioArcese2Eleuterio ArceseThe reining world is accustomed to seeing milestones shattered during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC). This year’s event proved no different with an NRHA first going into the record books: Arcese Quarter Horses USA became NRHA’s first Two Million Dollar Owner. The operation, based in Weatherford, Texas, officially has $2,007,400 in earnings.

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2013 NCHA World Championship Futurity Pays Millions

ncha logo2The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, known as one of the world’s richest equine events, wrapped up the 2013 show on Sat., Dec. 14, sending hundreds home with hefty rewards in titles, cash and prizes.  Clay Johnson of Stephenville, Texas, took home the prestigious Open Championship title worth $200,000 when he rode Dual Smart Kitty to a 224.5 for owners Rusty and Shelley Simpson, Nemo, Texas.


NCHA Futurity to Air Dec. 21 and 23

dualsmartkittyDual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson - photo by Stacy PigottThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity will take to the airwaves on rural America’s most important network, RFD-TV, Dec. 21 and 23. The $4 million competition for 3-year-old cutting horses will be made available to more than 61 million households across the United States.

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As I write this, it is three days before Thanksgiving. As you read it, it will be approximately 10 days before Christmas. Whether you’re a cutter, reiner or cow horse enthusiast will determine whether you are packing up and leaving the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, still recovering from the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity or looking back fondly on the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Futurity.