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For the Jan. 30, 2010 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

I can’t believe that we have already put a month of the 2010 behind us. Where does time go? The Black Hills Stock Show is here with all of the great activities that take place there. The trade show alone is worth the trip to Rapid City. It’s also a good time to see folks that you haven’t seen for a while and catch up on all the latest. Hope to see you there myself.

I want to remind you to renew your memberships to the United Horsemans Front and the United Organizations of the Horse. Your memberships expired at the end of 2009 and you’ll need to renew to be getting in on all the news and be a part of these two good organizations. If you’re not a member of either and you’re in the horse business in any way, I want to encourage you to join. They are fighting in Washington, DC for our rights and our industry. The operations manager for both organizations is Krissa Thom and she can be reached at 307-689-8536.

The next meeting of the Wyoming Horse Council will be Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Wyoming Livestock Board Conference Room in Cheyenne. They will be covering a wide variety of topics and issues at the meeting, plus having the election of officers.

At 5 p.m. that same day the Wyoming Horse Council will co-host a Legislative Reception with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association at the Stock Growers office. All interested horse people are invited to attend as there may be legislation introduced soon that will be of critical important to the horse industry in Wyoming. Contact person is Judy Horton at 307-331-0747 or email

A recent study done at the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, has found that some American Paint Horses with certain coat patterns and blue eyes appear to be at particular risk for deafness. There had previously been little study done on this problem and a genetic mutation was suspected in causing hearing impairment. Genetic mutations that cause specific coat colors and hearing impairment have been identified in cats, dogs and other species. The study found that a gene linked to a specific overo coat pattern was confirmed in the hearing-impaired study horses. Most, but not all, had the splashed white or splashed white frame-blend coat patterns, while others had frame-overo and tovero coat patterns.

Extensive white head and leg markings were also found in the deaf horses, along with two blue eyes. The study concluded that some Paint horses are more at risk for deafness than others and deafness should be considered in pre-purchase exams, training situations, and most definitely in the breeding barn. These beautiful horses can still perform and be enjoyed, but special consideration would have to be made for them. If the problem can be avoided by carefully selecting horses for breeding, it behooves all breeders to do so.

On a happier note, there were several regional recipients of the AjPHA Scholarships. The APHA Scholarships included 18 new scholarships and 27 renewals total. Alexis Koch of Bennington, NE won the Nebraska Paint Horse Club Endowment Scholarship and is attending University of Nebraska-Omaha. McKenzie True of Lincoln, NE won the Dr. and Mrs. Lyle Wonderlich Endowment Scholarship and attends Kansas State University. Kelsey Champagne, a student at South Dakota State University, had the Zone 3 Endowment Scholarship #3 renewed. Good job ladies!

Just in case your overindulgence in caffeine didn’t give you heartburn, this next should. The Center for Consumer Freedom just released these statistics concerning the Humane Society of the United States. In 2009, they spent $20 million (yes, MILLION) on “campaigns, legislation, and litigation” according to IRS records. The group collected over $86 million in contributions and spent more than $24 million fundraising. This means that 28 cents of every dollar contributed to HSUS goes back out the door to raise more money. In 2008, they also raised $86 million and they only contributed $450,000 of that to organizations that actually help care for animals like dogs and cats. Animal shelters that share the name Humane Society with this organization are assumed by most people to benefit and to be a part of this organization, but they are not, and contributions made to the HSUS are innocently feeding this monster without helping animals at all. If you want to contribute to the Humane Society, do so in your hometown shelter which is indeed a “humane” society.

Further news on the HSUS and PETA fronts is a recently released list of entertainers and celebrities that are major contributors to both groups. For the full list, go to United Organizations of the Horse website Included on that list of people accepting the dirty money and selling out to HSUS/PETA is none other than Parelli Horse Training/Pat Parelli. Gee, I kind of thought he would be on the side of the horse and people in the horse business. Silly me. Anyway, that list might give you an idea of who and who not to support with your hard earned dollars, whether it’s your favorite music or a night at the movies. It breaks it down to the actual organizations supported and it’s a veritable who’s who of the anti-everything genre’.

Spokesperson for the Northwest Tribal Horse Coalition, Katherine Minthorn Good Luck, says there has been passed a strong policy resolution by the National Congress of American Indians that calls for the return of regulated and humane processing of horses in the U.S. They want to see the processing facilities re-opened, plus management of feral horses on public and tribal lands to be done with the best interest of the horse and it’s long term well-being in mind. I like their thinking.

Coming up on June 19, in case you need something to look forward to doing, is the unveiling of the Chris LeDoux Memorial Park bronze “Good Ride Cowboy” in Kaycee, WY. Sounds like there will be a good celebration held in conjunction with this and more info will be shared as the date gets closer. I liked Chris as a person, respected him as a rodeo cowboy, and have listened to his music for over 30 years. He was a good’un.

I got an email from Shirley Wetz telling me that consignments have been opened for the Sugar Bars Legacy Sale in Sheridan in September. If you have a good horse to consign, call Shirley at 605-347-8120 and she will get you the info you need.

Well, I’m going to pull up for now. Hunt me up at the Stock Show!

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