Showing posts from June, 2019

Vesicular stomatitus diagnosed in South Texas

Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) was confirmed in horses on a Kinney County (South Texas – Northern Rio Grande) premises on June 21, 2019. The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the virus as the Indiana serotype.   The horses were tested after the owner observed lesions on the horses’ muzzles and contacted a veterinary practitioner. TAHC has quarantined the premises, and there is no known exposure to other horses. The quarantine period for premises with suspect or confirmed VSV cases is 14 days from the onset of lesions in the last affected animal on the premises. No other cases of VSV have been identified in the immediate area or elsewhere in the state.  VSV can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and a number of other animals. Lesions usually will heal in two or three weeks. Because of the contagious nature of VSV and its resemblance to other diseases such as foot-and-mo…

Could Breakaway Roping Push Tie-Down Out Of The Performance?

               Breakaway roping is nothing new it's been around for many years.
 Only recently has the spotlight been turned on giving the ladies an opportunity to shine. In recent years a few rodeo associations have 
added breakaway to the performance giving the ladies another event to compete in, but now it's time to get paid!

Getting in on the big money payday's the WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance)  added breakaway roping and the legend Jackie Crawford took home a $50K check. Next up the  RFDTV's The American added breakaway to the event and breakaway roping winner Madison Outhier took home $100K. This is just the start of whats to come and a lot more barrel racers who roped from youth through college rodeo are hauling a breakaway horse too and heading down the road. 

Breakaway is fast, exciting, and easy to follow for the spectators without a lot of ohs and ah's that tie-down roping brings.
I chopped down the original story as it was lengthy and bound to ruffl…

Cattlemen Your Response is Need by June 24th 2019

      COMMENTS NEEDED BY Monday, June 24, 2019
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) has proposed a study to look into the feasibility of implementing a livestock dealer statutory trust. This type of trust would reduce the buying capacity of livestock dealers leading to a negative impact on market prices for all livestock sellers throughout the country. Comments on the proposed study may be submitted to AMS electronically by clicking the following link:
Comments must be received by AMS no later than Monday, June 24, 2019. Please take a few minutes to submit the comments provided below. They can easily be personalized and copied into the comment field at Your input is critically important!    ~ TSCRA Media  June 19, 2019 Docket ID: AMS-FTPP-19-0037 Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA) Submitted electronically to ht…

Did you know the backstory of Benny Binion?

Benny Binion, gambler, convicted murderer, casino owner, and friend to many a wayward cowboy. Benny was born in 1904 and raised in Grayson County. His parents kept him out of school due to precarious health. Despite having no formal education, he was worth an estimated 75 million dollars when he passed away in 1989. His father, a horse trader, let him accompany him on trips. The outdoor life restored his health.
Binion's FBI file reveals a criminal history dating back to 1924, listing offenses such as theft, carrying concealed weapons, and two murder convictions. Binion moved to El Paso when he was 17. There, he began moonshining, for which he was twice convicted. In 1928, in fear of legal consequences, he gave up moonshining and opened a number of operations. While he was in El Paso, he also learned to gamble, a favorite pastime of the traders waiting on the campgrounds. In 1931, Binion was convicted of murdering an African American rum-runner, Frank Bolding, "cowboy style.&q…

PRCA permit holder wins Saddle Bronc at Old Fort Days Rodeo

permit holder Riggin Smith wins Old Fort Days Rodeo

Permit holder Riggin Smith topped some of the PRCA’s best saddle bronc riders at the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith, Ark., June 1. An 85-point ride on Hampton Pro Rodeo’s Desert Stomper was worth the biggest check of his career and a major confidence boost for this rising star in ProRodeo competition. Winning the Old Fort Days Rodeo came at the perfect time as the 20-year-old cowboy heads to the College National Finals Rodeo next week, and then into a summer of PRCA competition. 
“It means I’m starting off on the right track,” Smith said. “That’s my first time at that rodeo and for a permit guy that’s a big deal. It’s crazy – when I heard I was 85, I was like ‘oh man, I could win this rodeo.’ I’m getting chills just thinking about it.” Prior to winning $2,544 at the Old Fort Days Rodeo, Smith was ranked seventh in the 2019 Ram Rodeo Permit Standings for saddle bronc riding with $3,868. Fort Smith is by far the largest win Smith’s had …