Jim Hagin

NCHA member Jim Hagin, 57, died Tuesday August 19, 2014 in Weatherford, Texas following a brief illness. The Bulloch County native was a 1975 graduate of Statesboro High School and a graduate of Georgia Southern College. Jim was an avid cutting horse trainer, working throughout the Southeastern United States during his career.

Jim was an active member of his church “The Gathering at Brock” in Weatherford. He was a dedicated soldier of Christ working to bring others to know the Lord.

Jim was preceded in death his father, Edgar Hagin. Surviving are his mother, Faye Hagin of Statesboro; a sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Mike Hatten of Statesboro; a nephew, Michael Hatten of Savannah; his aunt, Levaughn Ellis of Statesboro and a very special friend, Jima Wynn of Glen Rose, Texas. Several cousins also survive.

Visitation will be Friday, August 22 from 12:30pm until 2:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro, Georgia.

Funeral service will be at 2:00pm in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Bulloch Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to “The Jim Hagin Benevolent Fund” at “The Gathering at Brock”, P.O. Box 1473, Weatherford, Texas, 76086, or any Christian charity.

Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.

Tom Rowntree, 1948-2013

NCHA member Tom Rowntree passed away while surrounded by family and friends on February 18, at the age of 65. Tom and his wife of 45 years, Arlene, have lived in Lipan, Texas for the past ten years breeding and raising cutting horses.

One of his proudest moments was showing in the NCHA Futurity on RCC Skeet N Scooter, a gelding that he and Arlene raised, and which has gone on to earn over $180,000.

According to his many friends, “He lived a life of courage and strength and the Lord walked with him always.”

Tom was an award-winning cattle breeder who sold quality livestock to more than 30 countries. In 1988 Tom and his brother Don were presented with the “Canadian Exporters Award” by the Prime Minister.

To assist with medical costs a memorial fund has been set up with:

Lipan National Bank,
PO Box 158
Lipan, TX 76462

Tom is survived by his wife, Arlene Rowntree (Hayden); his son Dean Rowntree; his daughter Donna Rennie (Rowntree) and her husband Scott Rennie and his granddaughter Heidi Lyn Leslie. Brother of Don Rowntree and his wife Robin Rowntree (Canon).



Gordon Hannagan, 1931-2012

Gordon HannaganNCHA member and legendary auctioneer Gordon Hannagan of Gifford, Illinois, passed away October 19 at the age of 81. Hannagan was a member of the AQHA Hall of Fame and the Illinois Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

Hannagan called many of the premier horse and livestock sales in the country, from the King Ranch to Ruidoso Downs, from the All American Quarter Horse Congress to the Breeders Classic. He worked big sales in 39 states and Canada.

He was a founder of the Illinois Quarter Horse Association and served as its president and vice president.

He is survived by his wife Jan; three daughters Mary, Patty and Jody; three sons Eddie, Jim and Buddie. Hannagan also is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Penfield, with the Rev. Michael Menner officiating. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, October 22, at Gordyville, 2205 County Road 3000 N, Gifford. Lux Memorial Chapel (217-892-9644), 1551 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul, is in charge of arrangements.

ELCR honored as 11th Annual Award Winner

Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications (AHP) are proud to announce that the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) has been named the recipient of the eleventh annual Equine Industry Vision Award. A truly unique honor, the Equine Industry Vision Award is the first of its kind to showcase innovation across the entire equine market, as well as recognize ingenuity and service.

The ELCR was selected to receive this honor because of the organizations dedication to help preserve land for the future of equestrian sports, recreation and industry. The ELCR is an organization that works to educate horse owners regarding key issues related to land conservation as well as establish partnerships with individuals and organizations that can help represent the conservation community. The ELCR is the only national organization addressing these issues for the equestrian community.

The NCHA has made an effort to assist the ELCR by featuring on article in the March Chatter, as well as an online video highlighting the steps horsemen should take do their part. Visit them today at ELCR.org.

Bill Benson, 1922-2011

Bill BensonLongtime NCHA member Bill Benson of Pasco, Washington passed away January, 12, 2012. Bill owned, bred and trained numerous national and affiliate winners dating back to 1955 and was a long time Pacific Coast CHA director.

One of his most notable horses was Silver Sport, a horse bought out of a bucking string and traded for cowboy boots. The dappled palomino went on to many PCCHA top tens, earning one the first NCHA bronze awards. “Yeller” later went on to perform for the Queen of England at Windsor Castle and was believed to be the first cutting horse to set foot on European soil.

Bill is survived by daughters Gayle Benson (Ransom), Cathy Benson (Paul) son-in-law Bob Ransom, grandchildren Shelley Armour (Ransom), John Ransom, Toby Paul and Seth Paul and great granddaughters Josie, Zoe and Valentina.

Services will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave in Richland on Friday, January 20th, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Hospice @ The Chaplaincy
2108 W Entiat
Kennewick, WA, 99336

Silver Sport