Maybe it is the adrenaline rush that you get from chasing a cow, or it is the challenge of having to be able read what the cow is going to do, before it does it. Whatever it is, I think anyone can agree that watching any event that involves riding a horse and working cattle, is addictive.
This past weekend was the debut of the Michigan Reined Cow Horse Show organized and put on by Deena Dunkle, in Midland, Michigan. Equestrians from all over gathered to either try something new or show in something they are passionate about. Reiner’s, Cutters, and Cow Horse enthusiast cheered one another on in each of their classes and just had a grand ol’ time. Reined Cow Horse consist of three events that riders show in throughout a few days. The scores from each event is added up and a winner is declared on the final day. The events are as follows…
Reined Cow Horse is to show how the lightest touch of the reins could control the horse, and the grit and speed the horse possessed to go after the rankest of cattle. Formed in 1949, the National Reined Cow Horse Association set out to preserve this and be able to share it with equestrians today and educate them about its history. Seventy-one years later, it is still a popular event and practice that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats.
Friday morning kick-started the weekend with reining classes, with Bill Thomas of Bill Thomas Performance Horses, Bill Brown of W. Brown Performance Horses and Jarid Walton of Walton Performance Horses taking the top three places in the Open with scores of 72.0 and two 71.5s. Herd-work was next on Saturday with high-scores of 73 and 71 being laid down by some very talented horse and rider teams. Sunday concluded the show with fence-work, my favorite event of it all. Stephanie Gilliland of Gilliland Horse & Cattle Co was our top rider in the Open Bridle laying down a score of 71!
Horses and riders gave it their all as the worked the cow down the fence and circled it. Tired from busy weekend, horses, riders, and cattle gave everything they had in the final event. Those who watched sat on the edge of their seats holding their breath at every cow that got by and cheering when horse and rider would take control of the pen. The top composite score for the Futurity Week was a 216.5 by Lyle Frederickson of Triple F Ranch; and just like that, the weekend was over, and everyone left talking about next year’s show.
Children and adults, young horses and seasoned horses all came together for a weekend of fun and excitement. Good times were had by all and everyone helped one another out, regardless of if they knew the person or not. It was like being at one big family reunion, with riders cheering each other on and lending helping hands when needed. It was a great weekend and a beautiful way of introducing reined cow horse to Michigan.
Get up and go chase some cows now!!
The proposed Michigan Equine Promotion Fund began in 2018 with a meeting with 44 leaders from all segments of the Michigan horse industry. If passed, the fund will work towards research and promotion of the equine industry, and to increase its current $2.6 billion economic impact on Michigan’s economy. This website includes information on this proposal.
Following are a couple of commonly asked questions.
How will members of the commission be appointed?
The proposed commission members will include government appointees from various segments of the equine industry.
What programs will be supported through the fund?
Possible areas of support include youth programs, equine-assisted programs, camps, rescues, unwanted horses, zoning/land use, trails, show industry, and more.
Who supports EPF?
EPF is not a legislative effort of the Michigan Horse Council, though the Council does strongly support it. EPF was developed by a 25-person ad hoc committee of individuals who are known leaders from all segments of the horse industry - associations, equine businesses (feed, vets, farriers, trainers, breeders, riding instructors, boarding barns, etc.), recreational trails advocates, shows and competitions (such as competitive / distance trail riding, rodeos and racing).
Why does MHC support EPF?
MHC provides financial support in various avenues including grants, scholarships, and other programs, as well as the occasional emergency needs. If enacted, this bill will provide the stable financial underpinning for the entire horse industry it so badly needs. If the the EPF is enacted there is likelihood that it can provide five times the financial impact that the MHC could provide on an annual basis.
Where can more information be found?
Visit the EPF website at https://www.michiganequinepromotion.com/.
As cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) continue to rise across Michigan, state officials are taking action to inform and prevent future cases. Click the below link for additional information including aerial treatment plans and FAQ's...
You're invited to a virtual facilitated session Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 1-4 p.m. to collaborate with others on the DNR land strategy revision process.
To participate, please use the following link from Microsoft Teams. You do not have to have Microsoft Teams on your computer to join. This link is specific to this meeting and only will be active during this session. If you don’t have access to a computer you may call in using the phone number provided.
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If you have trouble joining, please contact Kerry Wieber at 517-643-1256
As part of the strategy development process, we’ve been asking to hear what you think about Michigan’s public lands – including the 4.6 million acres managed by the DNR. This meeting is another chance for you to weigh in and be heard.
An updated public land strategy, which must be submitted to the Michigan Legislature for consideration and approval by July 1, 2021, will explain why a public land base is so important and provide goals, strategies and measurable objectives to guide the DNR in:
We will be discussing these goals and more information about the proposed revisions at this session. Draft sections of the land strategy have recently been added to our website, and additional information will be available for your review prior to the meeting. Please visit the site to prepare for the facilitated discussion.
During the meeting we also will be using an interactive presentation tool called Mentimeter that will allow you to answer questions, provide feedback and interact with us in real time. This won’t be required for attendance, but it does allow you to participate in the meeting as if we were all in the same room together.
To use this tool, go to Menti.com a few minutes before the meeting with your smartphone or computer. The facilitator will provide the meeting code for access during the presentation.
We’re looking forward to your participation and an active conversation about the land strategy.
Please look for future communications from us and visit Michigan.gov/PublicLands for information and updates throughout the process. Thanks for playing a part in helping the DNR leverage the power of public lands.
Public health officials in are warning about another potentially bad summer for EEE and other insect-borne illnesses.
EEE saw an unexpected resurgence last summer across 10 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
There were 38 human cases and 15 deaths from the virus, with many of the cases in Massachusetts and Michigan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most years, the country sees just half a dozen cases of the virus in humans, the agency said.
A relatively mild winter may have benefited mosquito populations, but below-average rainfall could have also provided a welcome counterweight, he said.
Local health officials are also warning about the risk of contracting other insect-borne illnesses as more people are spending a longer time outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In Michigan, an invasive mosquito known to transmit dengue, Zika and other tropical viruses has already been detected for the first time this season, said Mary Grace Stobierski, the state’s public health veterinarian.
The state also had its first case of West Nile virus this season. A more common but less severe mosquito-borne disease than EEE, it can cause fevers, headaches, body pain and other symptoms. The infection was found in a captive hawk in early June.
Ticks are also expected to be out earlier and in larger numbers this season because of the relatively mild winter, warned Aaron Bernstein, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and a director at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
That could mean more cases of debilitating Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses for local health care systems already feeling the pressure of responding to the coronavirus, he said.
In Michigan, where six of that state’s 10 cases of EEE last year proved fatal, officials this summer have launched a pilot program to improve the state’s response to mosquito-borne illnesses.
Ned Walker, a medical entomologist at Michigan State University heading up the effort, said the goal is to create the kind of regular mosquito surveillance system already in place in Massachusetts and elsewhere to better predict and prepare for disease outbreaks.
–By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press
Click below to view resources by the United Horse Coalition on COVID-19.
Learn more about how MDAR is advising equine facilities on COVID-19.
The Michigan Horse Council has three board positions open for 2019. The board positions are 3-year positions, which can be held for up to two terms. Some responsibilities of the board members include:
For more information on the Michigan Horse Council board positions, to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Inger Lanese at 517-974-9664 or Marci Charest at firstname.lastname@example.orgPost navigation
Source: Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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The MSU Rodeo Club has recently pledged a donation of $100,000 towards expansion of the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. The expansion, when completed, will provide additional covered arena space. Members recognized its importance to the Michigan horse and livestock community.
The MSU Pavilion opened in December of 1996 and hosts dozens of shows and events for horses, cattle, and other animals throughout the year. In addition, the Pavilion hosts community events such as Autumnfest, the RV Show, and the Annual Home and Garden Show – events which draw people from all over the state of Michigan and beyond.
Though the main arena is a spacious 114’ x 214’, there has been a long-recognized need for expansion to cover the outdoor arena, to the east of the Pavilion.
Whether too hot, too cold, or too wet, the use of the outdoor arena has been contingent upon the weather. Providing an additional enclosed area would ensure that the space could be used for horse shows, a location to warm up horses during the annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo, for more vendor space during the Michigan Horse Expo, or as a location to house more horses during the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull. It would also allow other events to expand and new ones to come into the mid-Michigan area.
While the MSU Rodeo Club contribution is significant, the cost of potential expansion is projected to approach $3.0 million. Thanks, in part, to the MSU Rodeo Club’s commitment, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has started the early stages of fundraising and gathering support for the project.
Getting this project completed will take the support of our agriculture community. Whether through large corporate donations or smaller gifts from individuals or families that appreciate having such a valuable resource available, this project will have a lasting legacy in our great state of Michigan. We hope you will join us in this exciting project!
If your company or group is interested in supporting this project, please contact George Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean of CANR, and Assistant Director of MSU AgBioResearch at email@example.com.