Platinum Performance, Homewood Suites and M.L. Leddy’s renew sponsorships

Platinum Performance not only extended its sponsorship, it also extended its reach to include the Eastern and Western National Championships! Platinum Performance will award Platinum Performance CJ to the Top 5 in every class at the Triple Crown events as well as Eastern and Western National Championships. Platinum Performance CJ is the comprehensive wellness and performance formula that provides complete joint support.

Homewood Suites by Hilton is the perfect second home for cutters who are in Fort Worth, Texas, for an extended time. Enjoy comfortable residential-style two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, fully-equipped kitchens plus daily complimentary breakfast. What’s more, your satisfaction is always guaranteed. For reservations, call 1-800-CALL-HOME.

M.L. Leddy’s is the trophy saddle provider for the NCHA World Championship Futurity and Open and Non Pro of the NCHA World Championship Finals. Since 1922, Leddy’s has been a family-owned-and-operated business, so next time you’re in the vicinity of one of their stores, be sure and stop by! You’ll find gear to outfit your horse and yourself with more than forty saddles on display and real handmade cowboy boots.

New AQHA Executive Committee elected during 2012 Convention in Las Vegas

2012 AQHA Executive Committee Elected – two members also represent NCHA Sponsors Bar G Feedyards and 6666 Ranch.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal, March 12, 2012 — A new American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee was elected during the 2012 AQHA Convention in Las Vegas.

This five-person committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the board of directors.

President Gene Graves

Gene Graves of Grand Island, Nebraska, is a 1959 graduate of Midland College and received a master’s of science in 1969 from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Graves brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AQHA as the new president. In addition to being involved with AQHA, Graves is a member of Rotary International, Habitat for Humanity and the Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He has also served as Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Committee Chairman and is a past president of Fonner Park racetrack in Grand Island.

Graves is the retired president of Bosselman Inc. Pump & Pantry Division, which included 35 convenience stores. He is an auctioneer and owner of Diamond G. Auction Co. He is also an associate broker for Century 21.

Graves’ wife, Barbara, shows in western riding, showmanship, western pleasure and horsemanship. Barbara was featured in the American Quarter Horse Foundation’s “One Donor” advertising campaign.

The couple’s daughter, Cindy, lives with her husband, Jim Duncan, in Broken Bow, Nebraska, along with their two children, Taylor and Samuel.

First Vice President Johne Dobbs

Johne Dobbs of Champaign, Illinois, has been an AQHA director since 1997. She has served on the marketing, hall of fame and equine research committees. She has also served as the chairwoman of the nominations and credentials committee. In addition to serving on the National Snaffle Bit Association board of directors, Dobbs has been active in the Tuscola Chamber of Commerce, American Business Club Auxiliary, BETH’s Place Women’s Shelter and Beta Sigma Phi service organization.

Dobbs attended Stephens College and the University of Illinois where she majored in retail business. In 1992, she established Johne Dobbs Equine Insurance where she continues to be actively involved in the horse industry.

Dobbs’ family continues to be involved in AQHA. Her son, Travis, and his wife, Johnna, along with their children, Cooper, 9, and Dylan, 7, compete in multiple events from roping to barrels. Her daughter Courtney Dobbs-Clagg and husband Josh Clagg also continue the AQHA tradition with their daughters, Carly, 3, and Quincy, 1.

Second Vice President Johnny Trotter (Bar G Feedyards)

Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, has been a member of AQHA since 1970. He has served as an AQHA director from Texas for seven years. He has also served on the racing, and stud book and registration committees.

Trotter is the CEO of Livestock Investors LLT and owns Bar G Feedyard as well as Whiteface Ford in Hereford, Texas. His involvement in the Quarter Horse industry is focused on racing, roping, horses used for ranch work and breeding.

Away from the track and ranch, Trotter is very involved in his local community. He serves on the West Texas A&M University Foundation and has been a part of the Alumni Association’s Silver Phoenix group. He also serves on the Spicer Gripp Memorial Youth Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Deaf Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Kings Manor Methodist Retirement Home boards.

Trotter and his wife, Jana, have one son, Eddie.

George Phillips, Member

George Phillips of Sumrall, Mississippi, begins his second term as a member of the Executive Committee. Phillips is a longtime breeder of Quarter Horses and past president of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association. He has been an AQHA member for more than 30 years, served on AQHA’s board of directors, served as a member of the Association’s public policy committee and as a “Q-Contact,” who fostered relationships with members of Congress.

Phillips received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi and his law degree from the University of Mississippi. In 1980, he was named the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Mississippi. Phillips also served as special counsel to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran (R) for six years, and he was director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics before being named the state’s Commissioner of Public Safety in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed the Mississippi state director for USDA Rural Development.

Now retired, Phillips is the first affiliate president from Mississippi to be a member of the AQHA Executive Committee. He and wife Nicole have three children: Garrison, 20; Margaret, 19; and Mary 16.

Dr. Glenn Blodgett, Member (6666 Ranch)

The newest member of the AQHA Executive Committee is Dr. Glenn Blodgett, 63, of Guthrie, Texas. Dr. Blodgett is an award-winning veterinarian and longtime breeder of American Quarter Horses. He began representing Texas as an AQHA director in 1991, and in 2011, elevated to director-at-large. Dr. Blodgett has been a member of the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee since 1991. He served as chairman of the stud book committee and served on the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1995 to 2009.

Dr. Blodgett received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University, and has since been recognized as an outstanding alumni by both universities.

In 1982, Dr. Blodgett became the resident veterinarian and manager of the horse division at the Four Sixes Ranch. In his tenure at the Four Sixes, which is located near Guthrie, Texas, the ranch has become an all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses, and in 1993, won the AQHA Best Remuda Award. In addition to its cattle, the horse operation sets the highest standards for racing, performance and ranch horses. The ranch’s foundation stallions included Joe Hancock, Hollywood Gold, Grey Badger II and Cee Bars.

Dr. Blodgett is the recipient of the 2011 AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters: Buffie Guynes, 38, who lives with husband Michael and daughters Catherine, Rebecca and Clair in Keller, Texas; and Brandie Mustian, 35, who lives with husband Mike, son Maddox and daughter Mylah in Weatherford, Texas.

Arenus SORE NO-MORE® Labels Go Bilingual

Hecho en U.S.A.

From Arenus News Release – Horse people understand the importance of good communication; which is why the labels on the equine health and nutrition products presented by Arenus are going bilingual.  Throughout the year, Arenus will release the entire SORE NO-MORE® line with labels in Spanish and English.

The 2010 U.S. Census counted 50.5 million Hispanic residents, accounting for 16.3% of the nation’s population, and much — 56% — of its growth between 2000 and 2010.  That burgeoning population, combined with increased competitive participation in international dressage and show jumping by South American countries, reflect the necessity for a global approach to labeling and sharing product information and instructions.

Arenus Ambassador and international dressage rider Dr. Cesar Parra was a Colombian National Champion and rode for the United States in the 2004 Olympic and 2006 World Equestrian Games teams before becoming a US citizen in 2008 and making history in 2010 as the first Latin American rider to share in a Gold medal win by the U.S. Pan American Games Dressage team.  He hopes to ride for America again this summer in London at the 2012 Olympics. “I would love to represent the United States as a member of the Olympic team. I am very thankful to all the owners that have helped me be where I am today, and grateful for their continued trust and confidence.  The goal is for our country to win.”

Jockey Jesus Castanon, whose family owned racehorses in Mexico City, rode Shackelford to the win in the 2011 Preakness Stakes. Jesus represented his home country of Mexico amid the cheers of Pimlico Racecourse International Pavilion’s host country, Mexico, its diplomats, and leaders of the horse industry.  Following Castanon’s win, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, said he was proud that his country had played such a big role in the race:  “I think it speaks volumes to the contributions that Mexican jockeys and Mexican workers have on this important industry in the United States.”

From the backstretch of the race track to the backyard at home, Arenus labels will communicate more clearly than ever the benefits of health and nutrition through science. Ask for your local retailer to stock Arenus products and check out the new and improved labels yourself!

Prize winner picks a RAV

Gene and Catherine CunninghamGene Cunningham, a farrier from Whitesboro, Texas, had a unique connection to the prize he won at the Neiman Marcus NCHA Futurity Champions Cup last November at the 50th NCHA Futurity.

The Jerry Durant Auto Group, the official auto dealership of the NCHA Triple Crown, held a drawing for $15,000 off the price of a car. Cunningham, and representatives of Equine Farrier Service had shod all three of the National Cutting Horse Association’s Triple Crown winners at one time or another.

“I didn’t shoe (Smart) Little Lena when he won the Futurity, but I shod him the rest of his life,” Cunningham said. “I shod (Docs) Okie Quixote and Colonel Lil for Joe Heim. I have a company that used to do a lot of work, Equine Farrier Service, whichshod Chiquita Pistol when she won the Triple Crown. So we were associated with all three of the Triple Crown winners.”

Cunningham wanted to show his sister, who was visiting from Nebraska, what cutting was all about, but when he asked Joe Heim’s wife, Holly, where he could get tickets for the Champions Cup, she told him it was sold out. Holly gave him a ticket, and later found some for the rest of his party.

That first ticket she gave him turned out to be the winner for the Jerry Durant Auto Group drawing at the show.
In January, Cunningham called the dealership to find a car for his wife, Catherine, who had her heart set on an SUV. It turned out to be the best car-buying experience they’ve ever had.

“They asked what kind of car we were looking for, and they brought us car after car,” Catherine said. “It was the most fun day ever. They knocked themselves out! We were wined and dined all day.

“What a great person Jerry Durant is to be supporting that show!”

While Catherine liked a particular Toyota Highlander the sales team showed her, she wound up falling in love with a cherry red Toyota RAV.

“Every time I drive it I think of those guys,” she said. “They just were fabulous. The experience of being with them was as mun fun as getting the car.”

Seth Wadley Auto Group named the Official Automotive Dealership of NCHA Weekend Cutters

Seth Wadley logoThe National Cutting Horse Association is pleased to announce Seth Wadley Auto Group as its newest corporate sponsor. Seth Wadley Auto Group will be the “Official Automotive Dealerships of NCHA Weekend Cutters”.

“Seth and I are very excited about this opportunity,” said Troy Riddle, Seth Wadley Auto Group salesman and longtime NCHA member. “I’m glad we could bring Seth and the NCHA together. This is going to be great for everyone.”

Seth Wadley Auto Group is the number one retailer of F-Series Ford trucks in Oklahoma, and they have the means to sell vehicles to cutters across the country at a great price. The new partnership is catered specifically toward the weekend cutters. As an added perk, Seth Wadley will conduct a drawing at the NCHA Eastern and Western National Championships where one winner at each event will receive $10,000 off the price of any new automobile at any of Seth Wadley’s dealerships.

“We are proud to have the Seth Wadley Auto Group become involved with the NCHA,” said NCHA Executive Director Jeff Hooper. “This is especially significant to us since Seth is providing benefits specifically for weekend cutters. Our members depend on their trucks, and Seth, Troy and their team can help out with multiple brands and great pricing on just about any model of vehicle.”

Seth Wadley