Each year during the American Horse Council’s (AHC) Annual Meeting, the Rolapp Award is traditionally presented to a member of Congress who has been a great supporter of the horse industry. This year, however, the AHC Board of Trustees elected to give the 2016 Rolapp Award to retiring AHC president Jay Hickey at a Congressional reception on June 14.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will host the first event this year for the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting. Star-studded fields will ride to the herd in the first round of the Open and Non-Pro, with the finals of the $25,000-added events scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.The
Anhidrosis is the scientific name for a dysfunction in the ability to sweat. Equine anhidrosis has been recognized for many years, but it’s exact cause is still not known. There does not seem to be any predilection for a particular horse breed, age or coat color, and both male and female horses are affected. Some horses may not be able to sweat at all, and others only sweat in some locations.
The Tunica Futurity, held Jan. 27-Feb. 3, is enjoying a new venue this year. The show that began in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to Tunica, Miss., in 2005, now calls West Monroe, La., home. To break in the new location in style, Adan Banuelos swept the Open.
Catagory Five, a 6-year-old cutting horse with a somewhat stormy early career, won Thursday’s Augusta Futurity Champions Challenge Open to earn $5,500 with trainer Steve Oehlhof. According to Oehlhof, the horse is still apparently gathering strength.
"I can't believe I actually won the Derby in Italy!" were the first words National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professional and past NRHA Non-Pro World Champion Cira Baeck said after posting the top score, a 224.5 in the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/NRHA Derby Level 4 Open. Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Baeck was riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen and bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck of Beglium.
Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, recently became the first person to earn more than $4 million as a Non-Pro cutting rider.
Rapp headed into the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, held March 28-April 20 in Fort Worth, Texas, with non-pro earnings of $3,998,673, according to Equi-Stat. She topped the $4 million mark by picking up another $35,433 at the limited-age show in Will Rogers Coliseum.
Purina Animal Nutrition has pledged up to $150,000 in free feed to rescue shelters through its continuing partnership with A Home for Every Horse, a program dedicated to finding homes for horses in need of adoption or fostering. For the second year in a row, Purina has pledged a base donation of $125,000. From April 16, 2013 to August 21, 2013, Purina will donate an additional $1 for every new “Like” or “Share” it receives through Facebook, up to $25,000, for a potential total of $150,000 in free feed.