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Volume Fourteen - Issue Two
October 2009
san antonio stock show & rodeo unveils new multi-use facility
SAN ANTONIO –The “We are extremely ex- The project is being
This project will allow
San Antonio Stock Show & cited about the new facility. built in two phases. Phase I
for a wide variety of events.
Rodeo is proud to host the Our Horse Show is an impor- is scheduled for completion
When not in use by the San
2010 Horse Show in brand new tant part of who we are and the September 30, 2009. It is
Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo,
facilities. The new buildings new venue will enable us to made possible through a joint
the Bexar County Community
total 315,900 sq. ft., of which improve and grow our equine effort between the San Antonio
Arenas Board will be respon-
180,900 sq. ft. will be climate events,” Said Glen Alan Phil- Livestock Exposition, Inc. and
sible for maintaining and rent-
controlled and will feature: lips, San Antonio Stock Show the Bexar County Community
ing the facility.
• A competition arena & Rodeo Assistant Executive Arenas. This phase consists
A ribbon cutting ceremo-
measuring 125 feet wide by Director. of a 113,400 sq. ft. multi-use;
ny will be held on October 12
300 feet long The San Antonio Stock climate controlled building
at 11 a.m. to unveil the new
• 126 prime commer- Show & Rodeo features a wide which will serve as the 2010
multi-use facility.
Top: New Multi-Use Facility view from the Western edge.
cial exhibit spaces variety of horse events, includ- Horse Show Arena.
This year the San An-
Bottom: Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the new facility.
• Climate controlled ing: Barrel Racing, National Phase II of the construc-
tonio Stock Show & Rodeo
warm-up arena and show are- Cutting Horse Association Cut- tion project, which is funded
has committed $8.1 million the Scholarship Fund in 1984 will continue to be a pillar of
na ting, Versatility Ranch Horse by the Bexar County “venue
to education. The amount to over $96 million. strength and support to the city
• 1,500 spectator competition, Team Penning, a tax” bond that was passed in
represents scholarships, grants, The San Antonio Stock of San Antonio and the youth
seats Donkey & Mule show, Llama 2008, is slated to be completed
endowments, junior livestock Show and Rodeo has a rich of Texas.
• Approximately 750 show, and Quarter Horse, by January 2010. It includes
auctions, Calf Scramble pro- tradition and history of stew- For additional informa-
new stalls Paint Horse, and Appaloosa a 67,500 sq. ft. addition to the
gram, and show premiums paid ardship to the community. With tion, go to
• Indoor wash racks Horse breed shows. A Select multi-use building and will have
to youth in the state of Texas. a clear vision of the future, a or call 210-225-0612.
• Improved unloading Sale and Ranch Gelding Sale a warm-up arena and a 145,000
This brings the total amount successful past and continual
areas for trailers attract buyers from both North sq. ft stall barn.
that the organization has com- dedication from nearly 5,000
America and Mexico.
mitted since the inception of
volunteers, the organization
2009 wild horse & burro adoption and expo heading to belton, texas
The U.S. Bureau of Saturday, Oct. 23-24; other rangeland resources. The
cord of animal abuse. Adopters for a new adoption incentive homes across the country.
Land Management (BLM) will • Gentling demonstra- adoption program is essential
must have suitable facilities and program in which BLM pays a For more information
hold a wild horse and burro tions by noted horse trainer for achieving these important
can adopt up to four animals. $500 care-and-feeding allow- about the Belton Expo or the
adoption in Belton, Texas, Oct. and mustang competitor Bill management goals.
All animals must be loaded in ance to adopters of selected Wild Horse & Burro Adoption
22-25. The adoption is the Lopez of Norman, Okla. Lopez
covered stock-type trailers with older horses (4 years old +). Program, call toll-free 866-4-
centerpiece of the BLM’s 15
will pull adoption-eligible wild Adoption Schedule
swing gates and sturdy walls The allowance is paid in full MUSTANGS or visit www.blm.
Annual Wild Horse & Burro horses out of the pens and show Preview all of the ani-
and floors. BLM staff will after one year when adopters gov/nm (follow Expo links).
Expo being held this year at what can be done with them in mals Thursday, Oct. 22, from
be on hand to assist adopters receive official ownership title
the Bell County Expo Center. a short period of time. noon – 6 p.m. Gates reopen
through the short application for their horse(s). All standard Directions to the Bell
It’ll be four days of exciting The adoption event will Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 a.m., with
process. adoption conditions and fees County Expo Center: I-35,
entertainment, competition and feature over 80 spectacular wild adoptions starting at 10 a.m.,
apply. A limited number of Exit 292, in Belton, Texas.
education, all free and open to animals, including some horses and ending at 6 p.m. Adop-
Adoption Fees eligible horses will be avail-
the public! that have been saddle trained by tions continue Saturday, Oct.
The minimum adoption able at the Belton Expo.
Besides the adoption inmates in a prison rehabilita- 24, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., then
fee for most animals is $125, Younger horses (under 4
opportunity, other weekend tion program in Kansas. These again Sunday, Oct. 25, from 8
as set by law. An auction will years old), burros and trained
highlights will include: are adult and yearling horses – 10 a.m.
be held Friday at 10 a.m. to animals are not eligible for
• A horse show fea- and burros that once roamed
determine adoption fees for this incentive. If successful,
turing trained mustangs and free on public lands in the Adoption Qualifications
any animals sought by more this incentive program could
burros – along with their proud West. The BLM periodically Application approval
than one person. Animals not save taxpayers hundreds of
adopters! A full slate of profes- removes excess animals from is required and can be done on
selected during the auction thousands of dollars in long-
sionally judged show classes the range in order to maintain site. To qualify to adopt, one
Friday morning will be offered term pasturing costs.
is scheduled for Friday and healthy herds and to protect must be at least 18 with no re-
for adoption on a first-come-
first-served basis for the flat Wild horses and
nais loses funding
fee of $125 for the rest of the burros – iconic symbols of
weekend (no further bidding). America’s western heritage
By Karen Brown
Those interested in bidding are – are renowned for their
encouraged to come Thursday strength, endurance, agility
The battle drags on
to NAIS activities. This is
differences between the two
afternoon or early Friday to and intelligence, character-
but the constant barrage of
down from the approximately
bills, to determine just exactly
identify their desired animals istics bred into them in the
protests against the National
$33 million per year in 2005-
how money the NAIS program
and to complete their adoption wild that make them ideal
Animal Identification System
2008 and $10 million last
will receive for the coming
applications in time. for work or recreation. Since
(NAIS) is getting results.
year. FARFA is working to get
1973, the BLM has placed
For the first time since the
Everyone who has
the funding completely elimi-
$500 Adoption Incentive more than 220,000 of these
program started, the House
participated in expressing their
nated. Toward that end, please
Belton will be a test site “living legends” in approved
Appropriations bill has no
opposition may congratulate
continue to write, email, and
funding for NAIS. The Senate
themselves. This reduction
phone the Congressmen in the
has allocated a mere $7 million
in funding is a direct result
conference committee asking
of politicians responding to
them to stop all funding. Go to
the voices of the people. As-
sociations such as The Farm
org for updates and action
and Ranch Freedom Associa-
tion and Liberty Ark, to name
It has been a long
only a couple, have done a
three years since the battle was
tremendous public service by
engaged. Many have given up
educating the public, clarifying
hope; but progress in the form
the mis-information dissemi-
of a nearly total reduction
nated by the USDA and other
of funds has been achieved.
pro-NAIS organizations. They
For more pictures of
Without funding, the program
have been at the forefront in
is virtually dead. (For now.)
the Bandera Long meetings across the country This case proves that individual
Horn Cattle Drive and
and in Washington, DC to
voices do count when there are
challenge the legitimacy of this
Parade held on Labor
enough of them. Now, more
than ever, our government
Day Weekend, turn to The next step is for needs to hear our voices.
page 0.
a congressional conference
Speak up. And know
committee to reconcile the
that you are not alone.
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