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letter to the editor Dear Editor,


Enclosed with our 2009 AQHA stallion breeding report forms was a letter from Amanda Lyles, State marketing Co- ordinator for Livestock with the Texas Department of Ag- riculture (TDA) outlining the provisions and requirements of Texas House Bill 1881 cre- ating the Texas Equine Incen- tive Program (TEIP) which is to be administered by TDA. Among other things, the let- ter states that: participation provides incentives for horse owners to breed and show or race their horses in Texas; par- ticipation is limited to quali-


fying Appaloosa, Paint and Quarter horses; although the program is voluntary, certain breeders are required to either register with the program or opt out.


As a stallion owner and breed- er I have strenuous objec- tions to this bill and its pro- posed program. What equine organization(s) and/or stallion owner(s) enouraged or pro- posed the bill to the sponsoring lawmaker(s) and why? Why would our Texas Legislature pass a bill specific to only three horse registeries when so many more color and breed regis- teries exist Texas? How will shows be approved in order


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to be recipients of the mon- etary incentives? How will the amount of monetary incentiv- ies paid to each approved show be determined? How can the majority of stallion breeders who pay the $30 per mare an- nual participation fee realisti- cally and enthusiastically hope to benefit monetarily in any way from participation in the program?


Perhaps other Appaloosa, Paint and Quarter horse stallion own- ers in Texas have comments, pro or con, to make concerning this bill and its program.


Sincerely, Betty Hodges


trainer AND rescue horse annual Blue-


bonnet Equine Humane So- ciety’s Horse Expo was held at the Travis County Expo October 16, 2010. BBEHS is a 501c3 organization that rescues starved, abandoned and abused horses, donkeys and mules throughout the year placing them in foster homes until the animals are healthy and able to be adopted by a permanent home. Bluebonnet survives solely on donations of time, money and sweat equity from it’s dozens of volunteers; the Expo is their event to showcase the horses available for adoption and to allow the volunteers to show off the incredible amount of work they’ve put into their charges with before photos and the in the flesh after. One of the many


events is a 90 day training chal- lenge where anyone from a new foster home to a professional trainer can take one of these rescued horses, work with it for 90 days, and then come to the expo to show off what their horse can do. Barbara Lucas of Pleasanton asked long time friend and trainer of her own horses, Cyd Birns of La Vernia


if she would take her fostered rescue horse Manu (named for Spurs player Manu Ginobili) for the professional division of the training challenge.


win bbehs trainer challenge The 4th


Full-service boarding / training facility, and lessons for all ages from 7 to 75! Beginner and adult amateur riders to serious show compteitors.


• Full care boarding • 12x12 and 12x18 stalls • 2 lighted arenas • 20x60 meter dressage arena • Customized feeding program


• Day and/or night turnout • 5 hot/cold wash racks • Climate controlled tack room


• Large air conditioned/heated client lounge • Fly control misting system • Assistance with vet/farrier visits (no extra charge) • Blanketing (no extra charge) • Family atmosphere • 24-hour on-site staff


We offer lessons for all ages, training and sales.


Doma Vaquera work, finishing with a nearly clear round in a trail/obstacle course to earn the title of Grand Champion. The pair received much praise from


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rived at Cyd’s PFM Enterprises ranch and the work began, culminating in what became the buzz of the Travis Convention Center. From a starved horse with no future, Manu became a gorgeous well trained superstar under the tutelage of trainer Birns showing off freestyle work with a Garrocha and basic


In mid July Manu ar-


the judges for their advanced work in such a short time. For more informa-


tion about Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, visit www. bluebonnetequine.org. http://www.bluebonnetequine. org/. For information about PFM Enterprises, visit www. pfment.com.


Russell Equestrian Center is a beautiful 57-acre facility located northwest of San Antonio, just minutes outside Loop 1604, off IH-10 West in the beautiful Hill Country.


We offer 3 sand arenas, covered arena, wooded trails, cross country jumps and plenty of open riding area for hacking.


Russell Equestrian Center is a full service barn offering various care packages to suit you and your horse’s individual needs.


Russell Equestrian Center Col. John Russell


Former 2-time Olympian and Bronze Medalist. Col. Russell’s major wins include the Aga Kahn Trophy - Dublin, The Edward Prince of Wales Trophy, The Prize of Nations of White City - England, and The Prize of Paris.


Shane Brashar


An active competitor for over fifteen years, Shane is currently the only seven time U.S. Olympic Festival Medalist for eques- trian events. Shane is currently compet- ing in the Gran Prixs of Texas, Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Mexico.


Lisa Russell


Founder of Texas Dressage Society (ADA). Founding member of USDF. National & International show experience. Dressage instruction - all levels. Haul-in lessons welcomed. Coaching available at shows.


Public Lesson Program We offer lessons six days a week.


Tuesday-Sunday on your horse or ours. Beginner through advanced of all ages. Many of our students show at local shows. Four qualified instructors available.


Feel free to stop by to visit or look at our wide range of quality horses for sale.


24850 Scenic Loop Road, San Antonio, TX • 210-698-3210 (Barn) or 210-861-8507 (Cell) Visit us online at www.RussellEquestrianCenter.com or E-mail: ColRussellEquestrian@yahoo.com


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