The Rundown: News Roundup

There's a new NRHA $1 million sire, entries are announced for the $100,000-added NRHA Open World Championship Shootout, the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza wraps up and more.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
September 27, 2011

Josh Weakly and Friendswithbenefits

Josh Weakly and Friendswithbenefits (Fearles x Leas Secret x The Top Secret), bred by Donna Davis of Uniontown, Alabama, won the amateur weanling fillies class at the first Breeders Cup Halter Futurity in Des Moines, Iowa. (Journal photo).

New Million Dollar Sire

Rowdy Yankee was recently named the National Reining Horse Association’s newest $1 million sire, with current offspring earnings of $1,000,382.

Rowdy Yankee, bred by Keith Crawford Farms of Howell, Michigan, is a son of NRHA $5 million sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Nita Chex (Ready Chex-Pinenita by Peponita). The 17-year-old stallion, owned by Rowdy Partners, was the 1997 NRHA Futurity non-pro champion and limited non-pro reserve champion with Keith Crawford. The bay stallion has more than $84,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings.

Rowdy Yankee’s leading offspring include: Hollywood Yankee Kid ($91,490 NRHA LTE), Big League Yankee ($74,810 NRHA LTE), Strike Em Out ($58,490 NRHA LTE), Hes At Bat ($51,500 NRHA LTE), Yankee Bambino ($44,890 NRHA LTE), Blazing In Black ($43,630 NRHA LTE) and Big Papi ($40,890 NRHA LTE).

More Reining News

Entries for the $100,000-added Open World Championship Shootout at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City won’t close until November 7, but several of reining’s finest have already stated their intent to enter some of the industry’s most formidable equine competitors. The potential line-up includes:

The estimated winner’s purse of the NRHA Open World Championship Shootout is $30,000, and NRHA has hopes that the event will draw the largest audience of any reining event to date.

Iowa Futurity Extravaganza

Don’t miss out on the exciting recap from the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza. The American Quarter Horse Journal was on the road September 22-25 in Des Moines – the show was host to the inaugural Breeders Cup Halter Futurity.

In an impressive domination of the age group, Josh Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois, led winners of both amateur weanling stallions and amateur weanling fillies.

To read what Josh had to say about his champion weanlings and to catch all of the action from the event, plus a Journal on the Road slideshow, visit americashorsedaily.com.

More Journal on the Road

The year is winding down, and the AQHA Regional Championships have wrapped up across the country. Christine Hamilton, an editor for the Journal, caught the final Regional Championship of the year – the AQHA Region Two Championship in Rapid City, South Dakota.

In Christine’s Journal on the Road blog, you’ll find out the new happenings at the show, plus you’ll find out who was back in the saddle this year at the Region Two Championship

World Rabies Day

Rabies in pets is 100 percent preventable through vaccinations – that’s what the American Veterinary Medical Association would like for pet owners to remember during the fifth annual World Rabies Day on September 28.

The mission of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness of the impact of human and animal rabies and to emphasize how easy rabies is to prevent.

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the physical signs of rabies can include:

  • Fever
  • Anorexia
  • Blindness
  • Dysphagia
  • Hyperesthesia (manifested as self-mutilation)
  • Muscle twitching
  • Lameness
  • Paresis and/or ataxia
  • Incontinence
  • Ascending paralysis
  • Sudden death

Rabies is one of the most deadly infectious diseases; it is almost 100 percent fatal once symptoms begin. The disease has been largely controlled in the United States by vigilant vaccination of pets.

AAEP recommends that immunizations begin when a foal reaches 6 months of age, followed with a booster dose in four to six weeks. Horses should then receive boosters at annual intervals starting at 10 to 12 months of age. Broodmares should be vaccinated four to six weeks before their delivery dates.