Skip to main content

Feed aggregator

Hundreds evacuate: Wildfire burns near Yosemite

CNN - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 05:23
A wildfire scorched hundreds of acres near Yosemite National Park in California, leaving one person injured and forcing the evacuation of 700 homes.
Categories: National News

Bulldogs Take Five-Set Thriller From Southeast Missouri State

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:04
Bloomington, Ind. – Fighting through injuries and a furious rally from their opponent, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (2-3) took down the Southeast Missouri State Red Hawks (1-4) in a five-set thriller Friday at the Indiana Invitational.

Estonia accuses Russia of kidnapping security official

CNN World - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 21:51
Estonia summoned Russia's ambassador on Friday to demand an explanation regarding what it described as the abduction of a security official near its joint border.
Categories: International News

Rivers autopsy inconclusive, medical examiner's office says

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 20:36
An autopsy on comedian Joan Rivers has been completed, but more studies will be needed to determine the cause and manner of her death, New York City medical examiner's office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Friday.
Categories: Entertainment News

Jainudeen's Hat Trick Leads Bulldogs To 5-0 Win At Arkansas State

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:58
JONESBORO, Ark. – A Shannen Jainudeen hat trick was plenty of scoring for Mississippi State as it claimed a second-straight win with a 5-0 road victory at Arkansas State Friday afternoon.

Top Somali militant killed in U.S. operation, Pentagon says

CNN World - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:35
Ahmed Godane, the leader of the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, was killed this week in a U.S. military operation, the Pentagon said Friday.
Categories: International News

Foodies beware: The FDA is coming for your French cheese

CNN - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:06
America's food police are patrolling and arresting suspicious French dairy products, which are either delicious cheese or a bacteria-laden menace. You decide.
Categories: National News

Jay Z celebrates Bey's birthday

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 18:49
Watch Jay Z's birthday video for Beyonce, a new "Horrible Bosses 2" trailer and Scarlett Johansson is a first time mom!
Categories: Entertainment News

Vice's quest for "total media domination" continues

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:38
Read full story for latest details.

American Ebola patient back in U.S.

Health - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:26
Another American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola virus has arrived home for treatment in the United States.
Categories: Health

Wall St. drools over El Pollo Loco's earnings

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:25
Wall Street seems to have a hankering for some crazy grilled chicken.

Alibaba IPO may raise as much as $24 billion

Business News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:16
Read full story for latest details.

Horse lovers enjoy the Challenge

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:57

UDALL, Kan. – Bill Stiffler saw the Colt Starting Challenge USA competitions as the perfect opportunity for his horse rescue operation.

Stiffler, president of Friends of Horses in Centennial, Colo., needed good trainers to work with the horses that are at his complex. He found the right people through the unique competition, which matches trainers with young horses that have had limited handling, had never been saddled nor bridled and needed, and needed the understanding of great horsemen and horsewomen.

It’s that very competition that will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Broken Y Indoor Arena in Udall. Patrons will need to provide their own chairs.

Bill Stiffler

Bill Stiffler

“When I first became aware of it, it came at an opportune time for me,” Stiffler said. “I had a number of younger horses that had never been started, some as old as 5 or 6 that nobody ever did anything with.

“Those horses don’t have very many options.”

Enter Russell and Cristy Beatty, who founded the Colt Starting Challenge USA. Competitions take place over two days and showcase some of the best trainers in the country. By the time the contest concludes on the second day, trainers will take their horses through a series of challenges to show just how far the animals come in a short time frame.

“I love it,” Stiffler said. “I think it’s very entertaining. When they first contacted me, it was to enter some horses, so I entered two. One had been turned out in a ranch next to an Indian reservation. The other came from an animal hoarder, and she was probably 4 or 5 years old and had never been touched.

“The guy that won the competition did so on her. I didn’t think there was ever any way they’d ever get to ride that mare, much less do what they did on her that second day.”

The trainers utilize natural horsemanship techniques, which utilize each animal’s natural instincts. Mike Major is a horse trainer now living in Texas, and he has served as a Colt Starting Challenge judge – each trainer receives markings by judges to decide the winners of each competition.

“The one thing about it is they give a lot of people an opportunity to get some recognition that would’ve never gotten it before on their ability to start colts and other things, too,” Major said. “The good thing, too, is that it gives the public some more awareness of other methods to start colts. I think that’s what everybody’s looking for: knowledge on how to do this without getting killed.”

This isn’t the old-school style of breaking horses to work under a saddle, whereby cowboys would saddle a young horse, then ride through the bucking and kicking in order to teach the animal to work. Natural horsemanship allows the horses the opportunity to understand its surroundings while gaining confidence.

“What you look for as a judge is for the trainer’s ease around horses, being comfortable and confident,” Major said. “The horse feeds off that. You also judge on the ability to accomplish what you need to accomplish.”

That’s what makes it exciting, not only for the contestants but also horse owners and those viewing from the audience.

“I’m an old-time trainer,” Stiffler said. “I have a cowboy, and I put a horse with him for 30 days, and that horse comes back dead broke. Now I’m looking to expedite the process. That’s what I enjoy, seeing them take a green horse and ride them through the event. They work the crowd, and they make it more interesting.

“I think for anyone who loves to see what horses can do, this is an opportunity for them to see something really special.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Florida State investigates Jameis Winston for alleged assault

CNN - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:53
Florida State has opened a Title IX investigation into the 2012 sexual assault case involving Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, an attorney for the accuser said Friday.
Categories: National News

May Betty White rinse in peace

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:30
Betty White is alive and acting despite trending on Twitter as having died.
Categories: Entertainment News

Sting, Tom Hanks up for major honor

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:29
Tom Hanks and Sting were among the honorees selected Thursday to receive the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Categories: Entertainment News

Joan Rivers' clinic under investigation

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:29
The outpatient clinic where comedian Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest during a procedure last week is being investigated, a health official said Thursday.
Categories: Entertainment News

25 of Joan Rivers' best jokes

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:19
When Joan Rivers had her star-making 1965 appearance on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," he told her, "God, you're funny."
Categories: Entertainment News

What Joan wanted at her funeral

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:18
Joan Rivers could turn anything into a joke, and that includes her own funeral.
Categories: Entertainment News
[Photo courtesy of Jessica Lammle] Randy Compson of Valley City, who has raced at Pierre, S.D.’s...
Valley City’s Running Buddies, coached by the Hi-Liner cross country team, raced at the one-mile...
Sharon Michael and the Valley City junior high girls, and Mikaylah Ross and the varsity girls, came...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes