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Bucking horse finals set for Rapid City

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:41

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Much has happened in the inaugural season of the United Bucking Horse Association.

“We had 11 events this year all across the country and in Canada,” said Guy French, the UBHA’s executive director. “It’s been an amazing year for us, and it’s just getting better.”

UBHA-logo1That’s true.

In fact, now members of the organization are gearing up for the UBHA World Finals, set for 5 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) Friday, Nov. 14, at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City.

“Having this world finals in our first year of existence is huge for the UBHA,” French said. “The UBHA grew faster than we anticipated, but this is a great thing for us.”

The UBHA was created as a way to showcase younger bucking horses and to allow for anyone who is interested to be a horse owner. The colts do not have riders but are bucked with a mechanical dummy to allow the horses the opportunity to develop with age. The idea is catching on quite well.

“I feel the UBHA is the right director for breeders, especially the small breeders, because they can get their horses out there and compete against each other,” said Darcy Hollingsworth, a UBHA shareholder and board member who has raised several top horses that have performed at some of the top events in the country, including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“We’re not relying on anybody else to show our animals.”

Now those owners will get to showcase their horses during an event specifically designed to be the marquee event in the association. At each event, the 2- and 3-year-old horses accumulate points by how well they placed. The top 25 in each age division who have earned the right through the season-long qualifying will buck during the UBHA World Finals.

“To be in the first year and to be able to have that kind of money to compete for is incredible,” said Kenny Andrews, a former rodeo cowboy who owns several horses with his wife, Keri. “Can you imagine what the next couple of years are going to be like? To have that much interest in the first year is pretty exciting.

“I’m glad we got in on the ground floor. I hope this isn’t the last year we get to qualify. You know that each year the competition is just going to keep getting tougher.”

That’s OK for the Andrewses. With a bit of interest, they took in the Simon Bucking Stock Sale in Guthrie, Okla., this past January and quickly found a passion for raising bucking horses.

“It’s addicting,” said Kenny Andrews, who raised his colts near Vernal, Utah. “I was going to start with two horses. It hasn’t even been a year since Simon’s Sale, and I’ve got probably 20 head.”

It’s that type of momentum that has helped the UBHA grow.

“The whole thing is due to Guy French’s vision,” said Hollingsworth of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. “Guy has worked very hard for this, and there have been a lot of good things happen. That’s how the finals came about. The board of directors is an upbeat, positive bunch of guys. Everybody’s working in the same direction, so it makes it easy to have a finals.”

The proof comes to Rapid City in just a few weeks.

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Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation

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Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn't have 12 solid teeth out of 32.

Then came fluoride -- a mineral added in small amounts to tap water that would harden teeth and protect people's pearly whites from cavities.

Since then, the debate over fluoride has escalated to become one of the country's most contentious health issues and concerns.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists there is no verifiable link between fluoridated water and illnesses such as tooth discoloration, hip fractures and bone cancer as some suggest, opponents of fluoride, aren't convinced.

"Our job is putting out safe water. We're not in the business of medicating people," Kevin Cridge, water quality supervisor at Hampton Shaler Water Authority, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "We shouldn't be doing anything that actually doesn't treat or purify the water."

Fast-forward almost 70 years, and now there are options for those who prefer to know what's in the water they're drinking. Bottled water can be a better option, but which brand? The choices can be mindboggling.

To get the most from the water you're drinking, you may want to opt for purified, enhanced water, such as Alkame Water. While other waters might satisfy your thirst, Alkame includes a distinctive alkalinity, as well as high levels of stabilized, dissolved oxygen that help maintain the natural pH balance in the body. In short, that means that a more balanced pH can help your body resist and fight illnesses. In addition to hydrating your body more effectively, Alkame can improve your metabolic function, boost your immune response and neutralize cancer-causing free radicals.

Better yet, there is no fluoride in Alkame Water.

"If someone were to ask me, 'What is the one thing I can do to have better health?' then the answer would be simple: 'Start drinking alkaline, ionized water,'" says Robert O. Young, PhD and author of the "The pH Miracle."

Alkame Water is based in Las Vega, Nevada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alkame Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: ALKM). For more information about Alkame Water, including how to have it delivered to your home or office, visit www.alkamewater.com.

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