The Rundown

News Roundup

January 12, 2012

The show industry says goodbye to great horses, hello to a smartphone app and free medical procedures.

FF Would Ya Look and Justin Ware

FF Would Ya Look captured the performance halter mares world championship at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show with Justin Ware. (Journal photo)

Boyd Rice

While traveling home from a cutting in Abilene, Texas, trainer Boyd Rice of Spearman, Texas, lost control of his truck and trailer on a slick roadway.

Of the trailer-load of horses, Boyd only lost one horse, his famed turn-back horse affectionately known as “Paint.” The 13-year-old gelding died at the scene, which was not far from the Four Sixes Ranch. The show horses in the crash were hauled to the Four Sixes in Guthrie, Texas, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Paint will be buried at the Four Sixes Ranch, near the grave of AQHA racing legend Dash For Cash.

For additional information on Boyd, Paint and the crash, visit

Money Pennys Echo

All-time leading halter point-earner Money Pennys Echo died recently.

The 1997 chestnut gelding, bred by Thomas and Maxine Bleakley of Penn Valley, California, earned more than 1,900 halter points in all divisions.

To read more about Money Pennys Echo, the lives he impacted and his great accomplishments, visit

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FF Would Ya Look

In November 2011, Adequan Select reserve world champion JST Topsail Skip died en route to the AQHA World Championship Show. Two months later, another halter star who was on the trailer with JST Topsail Skip, has been euthanized.

FF Would Ya Look, a 2006 gray mare by Kidlook and out of Keep Me Cool by Coolest, competed at the 2011 AQHA World Show following the crash. Unfortunately, the mare bred by Terry Furhman of Mesa, Arizona, took a turn for the worse and was diagnosed with pneumonia.

To read more about FF Would Ya Look, who captured the performance halter mares world championship at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show with Justin Ware, visit

There’s an App for That

Excel Associates Event Management debuted a mobile application for horse show updates during the 2012 Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Pre-Denver Circuit (January 1-4) and the National Western AQHA Show (January 5-7) in Denver.

To read more about this cutting-edge technology, visit

Free Gelding Surgeries

The Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Horse Council’s Save Our Horses fund and the American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition are partnering to offer free gelding procedures on Saturday, March 10.

The free surgeries are open to any equine owner who is financially unable to afford the procedure. Castrations will be performed by a veterinarian or a veterinary student under close supervision by a licensed veterinarian. Stallions must be halter broke, in good health, with two descended testicles and be at least 4 months of age, with current Coggins and health certificates.

For more information, visit