Long-Term Plan For Horse Racing in Ontario

Ontario Racing Commision

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Is there a solution for Ontario's troubled Horse Racing industry? The  Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture and Food says there may be a long-term plan established as soon as this year. The government of Ontario has asked the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel to put forth a plan to get the ball rolling forward for the future of horse racing in the province. The panel has been asked by the province to propose a clear proposal for modernizing the governance and regulation of the horse racing industry, ideas for growing the fan base and providing more wagering options, providing ongoing government support and ensuring animal welfare.

It is expected that a draft plan will be in the hands of the Ontario government, by June 2013. The final plan is to be completed by October of this year and the industry is gratefully optimistic.

Cal Loree Tribute

Cal and his wife Rosemarie of Loree Quarter Horses were perhaps best known in American Quarter Horse circles as long time halter horse breeders and owners/exhibitors of such famous horses as: Coosa, Ima Cool Skip, CRL Shesa Cool Coosa, and Perpetualism. Cal and Rosemarie began showing halter horses in Canada in the 1980s, where they fitted all their horses themselves before asking a local trainer to show them.

After early success, they started showing in the United States, eventually building a facility in Guthrie, OK, in conjunction with Wayne Halvorson. In 1993, Cal purchased Coosa and Ima Cool Skip, eventually adding Perpetualism to give the barn even more star power. He sold his interest in the Guthrie ranch to Wayne, but Cal and Rosemarie retained mares and continued breeding, achieving a lifetime goal as breeders of 5 time AQHA World Champion mare, CRL Shesa Cool Coosa.

Cal served as a Director of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association since 2001, was involved with the Alberta Quarter Horse Association, and was a director emeritus with the AQHA. He served on the AQHA Studbook and Registration Committee, Youth Committee, and Hall of Fame Committee.

Cal will be greatly missed by his colleagues, many friends and admirers in the American Quarter Horse family. The CQHA Board of Directors sends our sincere condolences to his lovely wife, Rosemarie, his four daughters, Sandra, Sherry, Sharon and Valerie, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is being held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta at www.heartandstroke.ca. In living memory of Calvyn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Click this link for the official obituary published in The Calgary Herald from May 11-14, 2013.

Beierbach Smokin’ at Broncs and Honky Tonks

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

Photo by Deanna Buschert

Practice makes perfect, right?

Yeah, not so much. Not if you’re William Beierbach and you’ve been busy on the ranch and battling a difficult calving season.

“I’ve been wrestling newborn calves into the trailer to get them to warm and dry places but I don’t think that counts as practice,” Beirebach grinned.

It didn’t matter though as the southwestern Saskatchewan cowboy bulldogged his steer in 3.8 to capture top honours and $2270.10 at Medicine Hat’s spring rodeo—Broncs and Honky Tonks. Of course it helps if you’re mounted on AJ. Beierbach’s doggin’ horse has been in the US in recent months, with Curtis Cassidy packing the Givemalicken-bred sensation. Straws Milan won a ton on AJ at the winter rodeos including the big win at Fort Worth and Cassidy added several paydays of his own including a major cheque out of Houston as part of AJ’s very productive winter run.

“I had a really good steer this weekend,” Beierbach added. “He was at the CFR last fall and he started good and was really good on the ground.”

The season plan won’t change much after the Medicine Hat win. “I’m still planning to go to the big ones and maybe go a little harder after about the middle of July,” Beierbach, whose last CFR appearance was in 2009, noted. Until then it’ll be ranching, family and the spring breeding season that will keep William and barrel racing wife Donna busy. Meanwhile Calgary cowgirl Lacy Suitor continued to build on the momentum a couple of late 2012 wins (Cranbrook and Lethbridge) provided. Lacy and her fifteen year old gelding, Bugs, navigated the small indoor barrel racing pattern in 12.886 for the win and a $1885.17 cheque.

“This was my first rodeo of the season so I didn’t know what to expect,” Suitor commented. “But Bugs has been feeling great and he worked nice, really nice, this weekend. I’m excited to see what the rodeo season brings.”

Among the other Medicine Hat winners was 2006 Canadian champion Tanner Girletz in the bull riding. The Bowden, Alberta hand mastered Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Turbo Tax for 86 points and $1398.44; other rough stock winners were Cessford’s Clayton Bunney in the bareback riding (81 points on Kesler’s Country Trail, $1131.29) and Rylan Geiger in the saddle bronc riding on the Kesler horse Imperial Beach with an 82 mark for $1283.95.

Second generation tie down roper, Mace Perozak of Kipp, Alberta claimed top honours in his event with a run of 10.0 to take home a cheque for $1643.12 while Riley Wilson teamed with Jackson Louis to put together a 4.7 second run in the team roping for $1351.25 each. The novice saddle bronc champion was Sundre’s Daniel Gratten posted a 67 to claim a cheque for $240.56 while Dawson Hay, the Wildwood, Alberta son of rodeo legend Rod Hay, showed he too will be a force to be reckoned with by splitting the steer riding title with Owen Berreth of Airdrie. Both cowboys marked 77.5 for $356.48 to each of them.

The three day event and second rodeo of the season enjoyed solid attendance and sets the stage for the busy rodeo season to follow. Next Canadian Professional Rodeo action takes place in Coleman, Alberta (April 26-28) and the Trail, British Columbia Bull Riding (April 27).

* These results are unofficial.

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The rodeo community mourns the loss of long time journalist and Hall of Fame rodeo writer, Dwayne Erickson, who passed away in the early morning hours of April 22. Dwayne’s passion for rodeo, encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiastic coverage of the sport he loved will be greatly missed. Memorial arrangements will be announced as they are finalized.

This information was provided by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.

AJPHA Youth World Show Expands Classes

Youth Paint Horse

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The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) broke new ground in the equine industry when they announced that their 2013 American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA) World Championship Show will be held simultaneously with the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) National and Youth World Championship Show this summer. The AjPHA Youth World Championship Show will take place June 29-July 6 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

APHA, the world’s second largest breed association, has continued to progress into new territory by adding age splits to the Novice Youth division at the show. Since the program’s inception, Novice Youth classes have been offered in 18 & Under only. In 2008, Novice Youth classes were added to the class lineup at the World Show; but it was not until 2009 that winners were named as World Champions. The decision to split some Novice Youth classes into groups of 13 & Under / 14-18 was made after careful consideration and a result of the program’s growth.

“Younger exhibitors find it intimidating to compete against the older exhibitors. We anticipate that by opening the Novice Youth classes to age splits, these younger exhibitors (and their parents/trainers) will feel more comfortable and achieve greater success at the World Show,” explains APHA Senior Director of Show and Contest Holly Slaughter.

In 2013, five Novice Youth classes will be divided into age groups and each respective winner named a World Champion: Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Western Pleasure.

On another front, the lineup of “Introductory” classes have been opened up to all AjPHA youth showing Regular Registry horses. Introductory classes have a lower entry fee and do not require qualification to participate—making them a good segue into full-fledged World Show competition. Classes to be held at the 2013 Youth World Show are: Disciplined Rail English, Disciplined Rail Western, Ideal Paint Western, Ideal Paint English, Bareback English Equitation and Bareback Western Horsemanship. This group of classes are not World Championship classes.

Information provided by the American Paint Horse Association. 

Canadians Elected to AQHA Board

NRHA's Latest Two Million Dollar Sire

Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – Magnum Chic Dream recently reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Assocation’s (NRHA) 12th Two Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, the 17 -year -old sorrel American Quarter Horse currently stands at Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.

Magnum Chic Dream is sired by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee (by NRHA Hall of Famer and Million Dollar Sire Topsail Cody). He also won the following major awards for Viola and her husband Jack:

* 1999 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, Intermediate Open finalist, and Limited Open Reserve Champion with NRHA Professional Patti Brownshadel
* 2000 NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Co-Reserve Champion with Patti Brownshadel
* 2001 NRHA Open Top Ten Fourth Place
* 2004 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion with NRHA Professional Casey Hinton

Magnum Chic Dream’s top earning offspring include:

* Lil Magnum Jessie (out of Lil Ruf Jessie by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy): $166,000 NRHA LTE, owned by Casey Hinton. 2009 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Open finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist.

* Magnum With A Dream (out of Shine On Sayo by NRHA Hall of Famer and Three Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark): $127,000 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Professional Joshua Visser. 2008 NRHA Futurity Level 3 and 4 Open finalist, 2009 NRBC Level 3 and 4 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 3 and Level 4 Open finalist, 2011 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist, and 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist.

* Chicsdundreamin (out of Goody Goody Dun Drop by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It): $125,000 NRHA LTE, owned by Tim Roper. 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and Level 4 Open finalist, 2011 NRBC Prime Time Open finalist and Level 3 Open finalist, 2011 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion.

* This Chicsdundreamin (out of Hermosa Dun It by NRHA Hall of Famer and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It): $125,000 NRHA LTE, owned by George Lawrence.2008 NRBC Level 2 Non Pro Champion, Level 3 Non Pro Reserve Champion, and Level 2 Non Pro Finalist, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 2, 3, and 4 Non Pro

finalist, 2009 NRBC Level 3 Non Pro Champion, Non Pro Mare Reserve Champion and, Level 4 Non Pro finalist and, Level 3 Open finalist, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 3 Open finalist, 2010 NRBC Level 3 Non Pro Reserve Champion, Non Pro Mare Reserve Champion, Level 4 Non Pro finalist and, Level 3 Open finalist, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 3 and 4 Open finalist.
Stop Like A Dream (out of Best Stop by NRHA Hall of Famer and Three Million Dollar Sire Custom Crome): $101,000 NRHA LTE, owned by

* Gilberto Leal. 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2011 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist.

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NRHA's Third Six Million Dollar Sire

Smart Chic Olena

Earlier this year, Smart Chic Olena sadly passed; but, his legacy lives on through his progeny as they helped him earn a new milestone – National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) third Six Million Dollar Sire. Whether in Reining, cutting or cow horse, Smart Chic Olena has been a known name in the show pen with proven success passed onto his offspring. The stallion’s official NRHA Offspring Earnings are $6,022,000.

This achievement was accomplished during the 2012 NRHA Futurity when Shiners Chic (owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg) became the $100,000-added NRHA Open World Championship Shootout Co-Champion ridden by NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani. NRHA Futurity Level 3 Open finalist Millionchic (ridden by Trevor Dare and owned by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rocky Dare) and NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non Pro finalist Shesa Kachina Chic (ridden by Samantha Griffin and owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin) were also contributors earning a combined total of over $38,000 to close the gab to becoming a Six Million Dollar Sire.

The 1985 stallion was the 1993 Open Reserve World Champion under NRHA Million Dollar Rider Craig Johnson. The 2004 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee was owned by Jim Babcock of Valley View, Tex and is also a National Reined Cow Horse Million Dollar Sire. In American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) competition, Smart Chic Olena was the only horse in history to earned world championships in Senior Reining and Cutting.