Cooke County —
The American Quarter Horse Journal, Houston – The 2006 black American Quarter Horse stallion Lil Ruf Catalyst earned the world championship title in open Versatility Ranch Horse in early March at the American Quarter Horse Association Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston. Lil Ruf Catalyst was bred by Werner Hermus of Valley View.
Lil Ruf Catalyst was shown by Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro.
Lil Ruf Catalyst, sired by Lil Ruf Peppy, and out of Foxy Catalyst, is owned by M. McKibben and H. Zimmerman of Whitesboro.
In open Versatility Ranch Horse, 11 entries competed for world champion honors.
The world champion received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy, courtesy of the Pfizer Versatility World and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World; sterling-silver buckle with 14-karat-gold-overlay, courtesy of Montana Silversmiths; specially designed logoed jacket and world champion patch, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; neck wreath; Justin Boot certificate; and a medallion box.
The Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show is an event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors from around the world, who must qualify for Versatility Ranch Horse by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes: ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, working ranch horse and ranch horse conformation.
The Pfizer Versatility World was held in conjunction with the AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show, February 28 - March 2, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The 112 entries at this year’s event represented competitors from 22 of the United States, as well as Argentina and Germany.
For more news from the Pfizer Versatility World and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Shows, visit www.aqha.com/versatility.
Cooke County —
Cooke County United Way purchases Colton building
The board of directors of Cooke County United Way announced Tuesday the purchase of the former Gerald Colton building located at 114 East Main Street in downtown Gainesville.
Gainesville Fire-Rescue goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In addition to responding to fire and emergency calls, Gainesville Firefighters are answering the call to support the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Era plans National 4-H Week activities
The Era 4-H Club is preparing to observe 4-H Week this week. The Era 4-H Club held registration in August under leaders Denise Pearse, Billie Paschal, and Kristie Hellinger.
Depot Days event a highlight of National 4-H Week festivities
During National 4-H Week, Cooke County’s 4-H is recruiting new members to participate in the many educational experiences available. These clubs allow youth to immerse themselves not only in volunteering activities that support the communities of Cooke County, but also leadership roles that help teach confidence and self-awareness, and aid in the learning of important life skills. If you want to join, contact the Extension Office at or email Phyllis Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acclaimed granite sculptor to teach workshop
ARDMORE, Okla. — The Goddard Center will offer a four day granite sculpting workshop taught by National Medal of Arts recipient, Jesús Moroles. The workshop will meet on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13 and again on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27. Participants studying under Moroles will learn to saw, shape, chisel, and grind granite over 4-day period to carve their own unique artwork. Beginners, ages 16 and above, are welcome.
Muenster FCCLA elects officers
Muenster’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) kicked-off the new school year with the election of the 2013-2014 chapter officers and the installation meeting held Sept. 20.
Lions Club hears from Camp Sweeney director
A veteran of 23 years as business director for Cooke County’s Camp Sweeney for diabetic children ages four to 19, Billie Hood spoke at the recent Lion’s Club meeting Wednesday regarding the recent 64th anniversary of the camp.
Two new horticulture programs offered at NCTC
GAINESVILLE – The North Central Texas College Horticulture department will be offering two new degree plans starting this fall.
Alex Cord continues to nurture writing skills
Cooke County resident Alex Cord, renowned actor and writer, has a new book out entitled “Days of the Harbinger” which is receiving five star ratings from those who have been first in line to get a copy.
TxDot: Heavy traffic taking a toll on highways
AUSTIN - Recognizing a growing traffic safety concern in the state’s energy-production areas, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved $225 million for much-needed road work resulting from the state’s oil and gas boom.
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