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Resolution supported

Not long ago we spoke here about an equine industry policy resolution being supported by Wyoming legislator Sue Wallis and South Dakota associate Dave Sigdestad. We have great news in that the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) adopted that resolution during their annual Fall Forum in Georgia earlier this month, “with an overwhelming majority of the states in support.”

Representative Wallis commented, “We have received an absolute flood of support from literally every crook and cranny of this nation, and from all walks of life… I am especially pleased,” she emphasized, “that the strong support of this resolution will allow our NCSL staff the ability to lobby on Capitol Hill with factual, accurate, and compassionate information about the horrific unintended consequences of certain proposed federal actions that would deprive livestock owners of private property rights, and thwart state efforts. Without question,” she concluded, “animal agriculture in the US is under siege by radical animal rights organizations – this doesn’t win us the war, but it is a significant skirmish, and we have one more valuable tool in our arsenal.”

If you ride Paint horses you’ll be happy to know that as the year draws to a close the American Paint Horse Association is planning an expanded slate of events and an enhanced format for its ever-popular World Championship Paint Horse Show Series. That series, which includes annual shows in summer and fall, features the finest American Paint Horses in the world competing for top honors, as well as exciting events for youth competition, involving the American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA).

“Our members spoke and APHA listened,” said APHA President John Corbin. The association’s president said the APHA Executive Committee he leads decided on hosting two major championship shows after careful evaluation of input from APHA members, show exhibitors and other stakeholders. The AjPHA/APHA World Championship Summer Show comes first, running June 22-July 4, 2009 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX.

The second installment of the APHA World Championship Show Series, the APHA World Championship Fall Show, also at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX, will run Nov. 2-14, 2009. For the first time in APHA history, most of the Amateur and Open World Championship classes (with the exception of Cutting, Reining, Roping and Working Cow Horse, Team Sorting and Team Penning) will be part of the APHA World Championship Fall Show. Additionally, the line-up for the Fall segment of the World Championship Show Series includes an expanded program of “Slot classes,” offering exciting paybacks based on paid “slot” reservations.

Visit your association website at to learn more about these exciting developments.

The health of our equine friends is always a top priority, and our industry is privileged to have access to the best in veterinary care here in the US. Many of the top horse health experts belong to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), which just concluded its 54th Annual Convention in San Diego.

During that convention they named Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, DACVIM, as the 2008 AAEP Foundation Past Presidents’ Research Fellow. The $5,000 grant is awarded each year to a student who has excelled in equine research while completing a residency or doctoral program. Dr. Hart’s research project, Hydrocortisone Replacement Therapy in Septic Foals, examines cases of Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis Dysfunction (HPAA) in septic foals. The data, collected in 2006 and 2007, suggests HPAA occurs in as many as 50 percent of critically ill foals and correlates with decreased survival and disease severity in septic foals. After completing a three-year residency at the University of Georgia, Dr. Hart achieved a board certification in Large Animal Internal Medicine in June 2008. She anticipates completing her doctorate in physiology in July 2010 and will continue a career in academic research.

Foal health is always a major concern, and it’s comforting to know good young scientific minds are at work to enhance our ability to keep them healthy.

We’ve been talkin’ a lot here about the National Finals Rodeo, which is history now for another year. The other big equine event at this time of year is the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, which came to a conclusion Dec. 14th with Beau Galyean and Metallic Cat capturing the title. They marked a 222 in the finals, taking Beau to his first futurity championship. Metallic Cat is the fifth horse to be sired by High Brow Cat to win the NCHA Futurity; and this marks the third straight year a High Brow Cat has won the futurity.

Beau found the horse in the Internet while at the 2007 NCHA Futurity and put up his truck as collateral to buy the 2005 red roan stallion. He later sold “Denver” to Alvin Fults. “He’s a dream come true,” said Alvin’s wife, Becky, of Denver. “And it’s all because of the good Lord. He’s blessed us in many, many ways.”

The winning tradition is being carried on generationally through the rider as well as the horse, since 28-year-old Beau’s father Jody and younger brother, Wesley, have each won futurity championships.

Craig Crumpler, NCHA Futurity non-pro champ is carrying on a similar tradition, glad to pick up his first championship because his father had won it twice. “I always had hoped to win it,” Craig said. “This is just a dream come true.” He rode homebred Woodys Bad Boy, by the Crumpler’s homebred stallion Nitas Wood and out of a Crumpler-bred mare, Nimble Jazzy Lee to a 222 to earn the title. The whole family was in on the win, with Craig’s son Josh starting the horse and Craig’s younger brother Don training him. Janet, Craig’s wife, warmed-up the gelding for competition while their other son Dillon helped Don and Josh turn back for Craig in competition. “We’ve got three generations here in the arena tonight, and none of this could have been done without the help of my family,” Craig said.

In the NCHA Futurity amateur finals, 65-year-old Chuck Drummond on My Darlin Girl took the title, marking a 215. It was Chuck’s last time to show as amateur because of his earnings. But that doesn’t bother him at all. “I love horses and no matter what, I’m going to keep on cuttin’,” Chuck said. “You’ve got to have a good horse and you can’t go down there either without good help. I think I’ve got good help and I know I had a good horse.”

Looks like we’ve come to the end of our old lariat rope once more, and before we ride on out’ta here my cowboy and I want’a wish you and yours the very merriest, most blessed, joyful and peaceful Christmas you’ve ever had!

© 2008 Rhonda Stearns

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