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China blacks out CNN's report

CNN World - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:57
The Chinese government blacked out CNN's signal during a report on a crackdown on Christians in Eastern China.
Categories: International News

Colleges to benefit from challenge

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:57

STILLWATER, Okla. – The focus of any college program is to better prepare students for life off campus.

With that thought in mind, organizers of the Colt Starting Challenge USA have teamed together with a few select colleges and universities to bring its competition to their communities in order to showcase true horse trainers with this inventive competition.

“Our competitions are also a way to showcase a way of starting colts and young horses, and we wanted to make it an opportunity for college equine programs to experience it and be part of it,” said Russell Beatty, founder of Colt Starting Challenge USA. “We want the colleges to benefit from this experience, too.”

There will be four challenges throughout the fall semester, with the next taking place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Oklahoma State University’s Animal Science Arena on the west edge of campus.

“This is a new deal for us,” said Dr. Steven Cooper, associate professor in animal science and the head of the equine teaching program in Stillwater, Okla. “What we’re excited about is it’s going to be a little different. He’s reserving a couple of spots for college students to compete.”

The Colt Starting Challenge features several horse trainers working with colts or young horses that have had limited handling. None of the animals will have been saddled nor bridled, then the trainers will utilize natural horsemanship methods to work their animals over the course of the two-day, judged competition.

At the conclusion of their few hours of working with the horses, the trainers will then ride the horses through a series of obstacles to show how these animals work in a short amount of time with focused training that centers around the animals’ instincts and personalities.

“One reason we’re involved is because we have an equine program, and our bread and butter is that we start colts under a saddle,” said Jake Walker, who, with Jake Lawson, are agriculture equine instructors and rodeo coaches at Connors State College in Warner, Okla. “It’s always an interest of us being a small junior college that anytime we can get equine folks on our campus, we try to focus on that.”

The Connors State challenge will take place Oct. 3-4 at the Fred Williams Indoor Arena on the school’s campus. The final collegiate event will be Oct. 24-25 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

“We also have an annual festival here in Warner, and we’ve been asked to be part of that for years,” Walker said. “We’re actually going to host the Colt Starting Challenge with the Warner Cowchip Day. That will be going on downtown, then we’ll host the competition.

“We want to get the people to campus to show off our programs, and we’re using it as a community effort with the cowchip day.”

Each school has its own reasons for hosting the events, but it comes down to showcasing their own programs. That works well with the basic premise of the Colt Starting Challenge USA.

“This is a fund-raiser for the OSU Horseman’s Association,” Cooper said. “That’s a group of undergraduate students that are active both on and off campus working with certain aspects of the community.”

While some schools are using the format as a fund-raiser, Connors State will focus raising awareness.

“We just want to get our name and our programs out there,” Walker said. “We are letting people know we’re here and that students can earn an education here while being involved in equine.”

Colleges to benefit from challenge

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Judging by inflation, it's good to be American

Business News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:55
Here's one thing Americans can cross off their worry list: inflation.

Scotland: 8 reasons to be proud

CNN World - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:49
It's almost mandatory that articles about Scotland open by waxing lyrical about the land of tartan, bagpipes and heather.
Categories: International News

See biker get revenge on litterbugs

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:49
Biker throws trash at litterbugs caught red-handed. But is her story garbage? CNN's Jeanne Moos sorts through the trash.
Categories: National News

Kanye fires back over wheelchair incident

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:44
Kanye West has fired back at those criticizing him for an awkward incident involving a wheelchair-bound concertgoer.
Categories: Entertainment News

'DWTS' axes first star

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:43
"Dancing with the Stars" is down from 13 competitors to 12 after season 19's first elimination on Tuesday.
Categories: Entertainment News

Wildfires threaten thousands in Northern California

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:42
Wildfires raced across Northern California overnight, charring at least 9,000 acres and forcing thousands from their homes, fire officials said.
Categories: National News

Source: Joan Rivers' doctor took selfie before biopsy

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:41
The cardiac arrest leading to Joan Rivers' death happened as the comedian's personal doctor began performing a biopsy on her vocal cords, a source close to the death investigation told CNN.
Categories: National News

Peterson will get $691,176.50 a week not to play

Business News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:16
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FedEx, Kohls going on a holiday hiring binge

Business News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:12
More good news for people looking for work this holiday season.

70 die in church collapse

CNN World - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:11
The death toll in last week's collapse of a guesthouse at a church run by a famous Nigerian preacher has risen to at least 70, a rescue agency official said Wednesday.
Categories: International News

Bulger facts and figures

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:06
Here's a look at the life of longtime fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found guilty of racketeering and involvement in 11 killings.
Categories: National News

Bulger's story isn't over

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:03
Joe Berlinger, the director of the documentary "Whitey," speaks with CNN's Michaela Pereira.
Categories: National News

The story of Whitey Bulger

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:57
The story of Whitey Bulger from how he got his nickname, to the FBI manhunt, to his ultimate conviction.
Categories: National News

6 surprising facts about Whitey Bulger

CNN - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:57
Here are six things you might not know about the infamous Boston gang leader Whitey Bulger. Watch "CNN Films: Whitey" this Thursday night at 9.
Categories: National News

Man charged in 300,000 Nazi murders

CNN World - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:23
German prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old man with accessory to murder in at least 300,000 cases while working for the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Categories: International News

Rocket attack kills 10 amid shaky ceasefire in Ukraine, military says

CNN World - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:23
A rocket attack by pro-Russia rebels killed 10 civilians and injured 12 others in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said. It was the latest report of violence amid a shaky ceasefire in the region.
Categories: International News

U.S. helps Kurds push back ISIS

CNN World - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:22
ISIS plants hidden bombs and snipers as militants try to thwart the Kurds' advance in Iraq's Kurdish region. CNN witnesses the fighting as U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS positions.
Categories: International News

Billionaire boom: Where the money is now

Business News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:56
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