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Fairlea Ranch and Silver Gun to Sponsor NRCHA Select Yearling Sale Incentive

National Reined Cow Horse Association Sponsor Committee Chairman Carol Rose announced in mid-January that long-time NRCHA Breeder Sponsor, Fairlea Ranch, had come on board as sponsor of the NRCHA Select Yearling Sale Incentive sponsored by Fairlea Ranch and Silver Gun.

John and Kate Hyde, owners of Fairlea Ranch of Badger, California, are sponsoring the incentive, which will reward the accomplishments of horses sold in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Select Yearling Sale. Each year, the sponsored funds, along with funds created from nominations paid by yearling sellers or buyers, will be held until the yearlings turn three and compete in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

The yearling sale incentive payout starting in 2009 and continuing through 2012 will be sponsored by Fairlea Ranch and Silver Gun. For example, in 2009, the Fairlea Ranch and Silver Gun purse will be added to the incentive fund dollars collected from the select yearlings that actually changed hands in the 2007 Snaffle Bit Futurity Select Yearling Sale. Those moneys will be paid out during the 2009 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity to the highest advancing Snaffle Bit Futurity entry that sold in the 2007 sale which was nominated to the program.

John Hyde expressed the couple’s excitement about being the sponsor of the yearling sale incentive. “We are proud to be associated with one of the great NRCHA horse sales, especially the yearling sale which always holds such promise for the future of the NRCHA.”

Fairlea Ranch was established in 1984 when the Hydes bought a 1,500-acre ranch in Badger, California. They put a few ranch-bred horses on the place but it wasn’t long until they bought some quarter horses. When friend, Tom Marvel, put John on a cutting horse, it was a life-changing experience for the Hydes. They eventually moved into showing and raising reined cow horses and, John has served on the NRCHA Board for five years, also having served as the association’s Vice President.

Silver Gun headlines the stallion roster at Fairlea Ranch, standing with Colonel Pic and Smart Steady Date. The 2006 Reserve AQHA Superhorse and AQHA Senior Heeling World Champion, Silver Gun was the 2003 NRCHA Hackamore Classic Open Reserve and Intermediate Open Champion and won an array of reined cow horse events that earned him his NRCHA Superior Reined Cow Horse Merit Award.

For information on Fairlea Ranch and Silver Gun, visit the web site at http://www.fairlea.com or call 559-337-2595.

The 2008 NRCHA Futurity Sales are scheduled for October 2-4 at the Reno Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada. For information on the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity or sales, visit the NRCHA web site at http://www.nrcha.com.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association, the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailers and Outlaw Conversions, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Inc., Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, MD Barns, Platinum Performance, Inc., Nutrena, Quarter Horse News & Western Horseman magazine, the Peppermill Hotel/Resort, Fort Dodge West Nile Innovator, Rios of Mercedes, Merial products ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD, Great American Insurance Company and the Silver Legacy Hotel, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at http://www.nrcha.com.


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