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RIP Colonel's Smoking Gun

July 09, 2013

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From Quarter Horse News, press release:

At McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, the focus has long been on exceptional performance - both human and equine. But people close to owners Tim and Colleen McQuay know that underlying all the awards and accolades the couple's real focus has always been the love of the horse.

So, losing any horse would be hard. But saying goodbye to a great one pushed the difficulty to another level when Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as "Gunner," lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas, under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.

Gunner was a horse for the ages. When he made his center-stage debut at the NRHA Futurity in 1996, the reining world fell in love with the diminutive sorrel with the floppy ears and white tail. After tying for the NRHA Futurity Open Reserve title as a 3-year-old, he went on win the US Equestrian Team Reining Championship in 2001. He was immortalized as a Breyer Horse and finished his career with earnings over $177,000.

The McQuays have owned Gunner since 2005, and in those ensuing years, his record as a sire elevated him to legendary status. His outstanding offspring include 2009 NRHA Futurity and 2010 Derby Open Champion, Gunnatrashya. Gunner has sired numerous Futurity and Derby finalists and champions, in both the Open and Non Pro divisions, including 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, Americasnextgunmodel, 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Gunners Tinseltown, and 2012 NRHA Non Pro Co-Champion, Customized Gunner. Gunner has also sired Gunners Special Nite, winner of the individual Gold medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Attendees at the 2013 NRHA Derby who watched Jordan Larson ride HF Mobster (Gunner X Dun Its Black Gold) to the Open Championship and Mandy McCutcheon ride Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner X Always A Dunit) to the Non Pro Championship had no knowledge that the great stallion had already begun to suffer from the first signs of laminitis.

As the word spread of Gunner's demise, his owners immediately began to receive texts and calls from all over the globe, further evidence of the great stallion's popularity and impact. Tim McQuay noted, "We appreciate everyone who supported Gunner through his career--he had a great team. He will be laid to rest next to Hollywood Dun It on our farm. We will truly miss him."

Colleen McQuay added, Gunner was a sweet happy horse, and when I look at all he has given us I can only be grateful for the time we shared with him. Losing him leaves another hole in our hearts."


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New Series, Cowboy Country, Premiers

July 01, 2013

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From HRTV Equestrian Programming:

HRTV (R), The Network for Horse Sports, will add more diversified weekly equestrian programming to its schedule when it premieres a new series, Cowboy Country, beginning this Wednesday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Cowboy Country is a half-hour show that will provide 26 entertaining weeks of programming to HRTV's slate. On a weekly basis, the show journeys into the heartland of the West through profiles on people and places that live the "Cowboy way."

The series celebrates the West through its people and places, giving viewers the true flavor of the West in a personal and intimate way. Cowboy Country reflects a lifestyle and culture that's exciting, interesting and engaging.

Wednesday's initial show entitled, "Cowboy Humour and Notables," will give viewers a glimpse of the wide-ranging subjects that will be highlighted each offering. It will feature the humor of cartoonist Ben Crane, famous cowboy John Ware, and a profile of "Women of the Range."

Upcoming shows will include: "Cowboy Bling and Heritage," "Cowboy Kitchen," "Range Rodeo," "The Dimwood Brothers," the "Remington Carriage Museum," and much more.

http://www.hrtv.com/


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RURAL RADIO to Launch on SiriusXM

June 26, 2013

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From RURAL RADIO, L.L.C:

Sirius XM Radio and RURAL RADIO, L.L.C. today announced the creation of RURAL RADIO, a 24/7 channel devoted to providing a wide variety of programming for and about rural American life, the Western lifestyle, and agribusiness interests.

RURAL RADIO’s program schedule will provide a wide variety of original productions focused on agriculture, equine, hunting, fishing, western sports and living the country life.

RURAL RADIO, channel 80, will give SiriusXM listeners all over America, whether driving a tractor cab equipped with satellite radio or driving in city commuter traffic, an unprecedented connection to the rural community.

Every weekday, RURAL RADIO will deliver extensive information for the rural community in North America, including rural news, weather, and market reports during weekday hours as grain, livestock, and other commodity futures are being traded globally. Traders can tune in directly to reports from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. RURAL RADIO will also include audio from many of RFD-TV’s most popular shows focusing on rural news, crop, and agriculture reports, and up to the minute analysis that farm and agriculture producers need to make decisions, as well as light-hearted fare, such as the weekly Mollie B Polka Show and classic episodes and interviews from The Ralph Emery Show.

Veteran farm broadcasters Mark Oppold and Janet Adkinson, the current and incoming presidents of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) will anchor three daily, weekday shows—Commodity Wrap, Rural Evening News and Market Day Report, a live 5-hour daily program featuring reports from dedicated news bureaus located at the CME, Chicago Board of Trade, as well as from USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Additional daily ag-related programming will be provided through RMG’s strong affiliations with the leaders in rural America, including: Farm Journal Media, owners of AGDAY, U.S. Farm Report and AGRITALK, Meredith Corporation’s Living The Country Life, various state farm bureaus, and Ag PhD featuring the Hefty Brothers of South Dakota.

Equine enthusiasts will enjoy Horse Talk, a daily, one-hour call-in program that will showcase the leading clinicians and horse associations, and air live coverage from major horse shows that take place all around the world. Vets on Call, another interactive program, will be underwritten by Zoetis Animal Health, who will make its top veterinarians available to answer listener questions and calls on-air.

Western Sports will occupy a large block of programming on RURAL RADIO in late afternoon, in early evening hours, and throughout the weekends with the Western Sports Roundup (WSR). Hosted by Clint Adkins and Alexis Bloomer, WSR will cover Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events by interviewing the stars of each association and providing standings. WSR will also cover and offer results from all western sports including cutting, reining, roping, barrel racing and both professional and amateur level bronc-riding, including High School & College Rodeo news, as well as Little Britches and JuniorHigh competitions.

“SiriusXM’s coast-to-coast coverage gives us the ability to reach listeners nationwide. The line-up of programming we’ve developed and accumulated for this launch solidifies and expands our brand across North America. Rural is a way of life, and RURAL RADIO means listeners can tune into it from anywhere at any time,” said Randy Bernard, President/CEO, Rural Media Group, Inc.

RURAL RADIO launches July 15 on Channel 80.

For more information, visit

http://www.facebook.com/RURALRADIO80

http://www.siriusxm.com/ruralradio


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PRCA merchandise donated to tornado victims

May 28, 2013

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From the PRCA/Lazy E Arena:

OKLAHOMA CITY – The United Way has set up its temporary control center at the Goodwill Headquarters building in downtown Oklahoma City to assist with the distribution of PRCA merchandise to those affected by the recent tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and the surrounding areas.

Tornado victims will be able to come in and select what they need at no charge.

The PRCA donated 300 boxes of 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo merchandise valued at approximately $30,000 to aid the people of Oklahoma. Assisting in the effort was the PRCA’s partners, the Lazy E Arena and Express-Lazy E based in Oklahoma.

“The PRCA is happy to be able to support our rodeo family and friends in Moore, Oklahoma City and all of the nearby areas which were affected by these tragic storms,” PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman said. “Oklahoma City is the site of one of our biggest PRCA events produced by Express-Lazy E – the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo – and we hope this donation will help those in need during this time of rebuilding.”


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CSU Hosts Legends of Ranching Sale, Capping Year of Learning for Equine Students, Young Horses

March 21, 2013

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From Colorado State University Equine Science:

The Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale promises to be a springtime highlight at Colorado State University in late April, when 81 American Quarter Horses – both promising young horses and proven older horses – will be offered for sale.

The horses come from 24 consignors, including some of the nation’s best-known Western horse ranches.

The sale will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the B.W. Pickett Equine Center on the CSU Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colo.

The Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale is unique: The 2- and 3-year-olds in the sale – a total of 40 horses – have been started by students in the CSU Equine Sciences Program with faculty guidance. The sale caps a trademark educational program that gives students in CSU’s renowned Equine Sciences Program the opportunity to train well-bred young horses, taking the animals from barely halter-broken to working calmly under saddle.

Forty-one older, experienced horses also will be offered for sale.

Last spring, the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale generated more than $330,000 in proceeds, according to records. The average sale price for all horses in 2012 was $5,376. The average for young horses trained by CSU students was just over $4,000, according to sale records. And the average price for aged horses was $7,424.

During the 2012 Legends of Ranching sale, two horses tied as high-sellers, bringing $18,500 each: a 3-year-old black mare consigned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock, sired by Wimpys Little Step, and out of Shiney Miss Hickory; and a 4-year-old buckskin gelding consigned by Wood Ranch, sired by BP Smart Little Pep and out of Cal Beauty.

“We’re proud of the marketplace position that the Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale occupies. Through eight years of hard work, planning and careful execution, this sale continues to build on a reputation of respect, where good horses bring solid prices,” said Dr. Jerry Black, D.V.M., director of both the CSU Equine Sciences Program and the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory, who also holds the Wagonhound Land and Livestock Chair in Equine Sciences.

“However,” Black said, “what really matters with this sale is not what the horses bring, but what the students learn. While everyone may talk about averages and high-sellers, the real value is in the hands-on education.”

Students work for nearly a full academic year in horse training laboratories that lead up to sale. They invariably say that they learn as much as their equine charges – and that the experience gives them a newfound respect for horses and the training process.

Equine students not only train about half of the horses auctioned, but also plan and manage most aspects of the sale.

Legends of Ranching reflects the experiential learning provided in the CSU Equine Sciences Program, an approach meant to help prepare students for success in the diverse horse industry. The industry has an economic impact of about $102 billion each year in the U.S. economy, according to the American Horse Council.

“Our consignors are supportive of the educational aspect of this sale. In fact, they are adamant that it be a part of the process,” said Gary Carpenter, industry outreach and liaison director. “Those who have stayed with us understand that, although we will do everything we can to sell their horses for top prices, student education comes first.”

Auctioneers Jeff Tebow and Justin Holmberg, along with announcer Kevin Meyer, will staff the sale. Proceeds are split among sale costs, consignors and the CSU Equine Sciences Program.

The 2013 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale will be part of a special weekend at Colorado State University.

Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory will celebrate the grand re-opening of its research, teaching and clinical service flagship facility. The facility was destroyed by fire in 2011. The re-opening will include brief remarks, guided tours and refreshments.

“These two events represent the strong continuum of equine programs at CSU,” Black said. “We offer the very best undergraduate equine training, the education of graduate students and veterinarians who are critical to the horse industry, research that drives the industry, and, of course, the care of horses through our Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Equine Reproduction Lab. CSU does it all, and we’re proud to showcase this work on April 26 and 27.”

Consignors to the 2013 Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale

Abraham Equine

Atwood Quarter Horses

Bar Rock-n-Bean

Bartlett Ranches

Pete Becker Ranch

Burnett Ranches, LLC (6666)

Cowan Select Horses, LLC

Crofoot Ranches, LLP

Diamond-McNabb Ranch Horses

Gould Ranch Cattle Company

Hanging H Ranch

Haythorn Ranch Co.

KeSa Quarter Horses

Kurtz Ranch

Mantz Creek Horses

Purina Mills

Rocking G Ranch

Saunders Ranch

Silver Spur Ranches

Singleton Ranches

T-Cross Ranches

Valley Oak Ranch

Wagonhound Land & Livestock, LLC

Wood Ranch

Schedule of events

CSU Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale

B.W. Pickett Equine Center, 735 S. Overland Trail, Fort Collins, Colo.

• Friday, April 26: Consigned horses available for viewing

• Friday, April 26, 2-3:30 p.m.: Roping horse practice

• Friday, April 26, 4 p.m.: Grand re-opening of the CSU Equine Reproduction Center, just north of the B.W. Pickett Equine Center

• Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon: Sale horse preview

• Noon Saturday, April 27: Special showing of “Horse Sense,” a documentary film featuring CSU equine programs

• Saturday, April 27, 1:30 p.m.: Legends of Ranching sale begins

• Lunch will be available and catered by the CSU Meat Judging Team

• For sale information, visit the CSU Equine Sciences website, http://equinescience.colostate.edu


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Kevin Red Star's "Horse Shield" official logo of 28th Montana Cowboy Poetry

March 15, 2013

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From the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous:

“Horse Shield” by world famous Montana artist, Kevin Red Star, has been selected by Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous as the official logo for this August’s 28th Gathering, produced in Lewistown, August 15-18.

Kevin Red Star is celebrating his 70th birthday this year and a fabulous life-long journey as a ‘premier Northern Plains Painter.’ Red Star’s distinctive use of brilliant color and dramatic contrast in his art has earned him national and international acclaim. Kevin draws from his Crow culture for his many historical and contemporary subjects.

“Horse Shield,” was selected as the 28th Gathering’s official logo in honor of Kevin Red Star and “the horse,” and the vital role the horse played in the early history of the Montana Territory and the west. “Horse Shield” will be featured on the 28th Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s 3-day pin pass, posters, advertisements and official program book. The art of Kevin Red Star will be available at the Gathering’s Poetry & Music store, open to the public throughout the event at The Eagles, the gathering’s day head-quarters.

Kevin Red Star will be a special guest at the Thursday evening kick-off BBQ and Open Mic. Show at The Eagles on August 15th. Tickets for the evening are available at Don’s Store in Lewistown or by calling, 406-538-4575.

Museums holding Kevin Red Star originals in their permanent collections are the C.M. Russell Museum, Museum of the Rockies, Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, The Whitney Museum of Western Art in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Montana Historical Society in Helena, Northern Plains Indian Museum in Browning, Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, The Heard Museum in Phoenix, The Yellowstone Art Center in Billings, The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis and museums in Belgium, China, Germany and Japan.

In the last five years, Red Star has completed residencies at the prestigious Russian Academy of Art in Moscow and at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Red Star lives near Roberts, Montana, on a five hundred acre horse ranch.

To further honor “the horse” and the role this magnificent animal played in the lives of the First Nation People, the cattle drivers, ranchers and settlers of the great, upper Rocky Mountain West, a special cowboy poetry and music session, “Horses, Horses, Horses,” will be presented on Friday, August 16th, at 1:30 at The Eagles.

For more information and event tickets for the 28th Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous, please go online to: www.MontanaCowbyPoetryGathering.com.

Montana Cowboy Poetry is a non-profit Montana corporation, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history, heritage and values of the American cowboy of the upper Rocky Mountain west.


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Why we love them...

February 22, 2013

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There's a saying that goes "If you're lucky enough to have horses, you're lucky enough." I completely agree. Every day I ride or even just hang out with my horses, I consider myself blessed. A few weeks ago, I asked our Facebook readers what they loved most about these amazing animals, and here were some of my favorite responses:

"Everything!"

"They are absoluely the best therapy I've ever had."

"I love seeing their breath on a cool frosty morn."

"Wow! Don't think I could pick just one thing... When they're treated right, their hearts, strength, the devotion and trust they show us, and yes, I love the way they smell! But there is sooo much more..."

"I like the companionship. I can go out and talk to my horses and they stand right there and listen to me."

"Sounds crazy, but I love the smell of a sweaty horse!"

"Patient, forgiving, strong, sensitive, willing, trusting, loyal, fun, beautiful, aromatic, warm, soft, majestic, calming. They are a huge part of my happiness and health and always will be."


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