Legendary California horseman and longtime horse sport advocate Don Burt passed away on Nov. 24, at the age of 82. Don trained, rode, judged and bred horses in almost every discipline and served the sport in many ways. He was president of the American Quarter Horse Assn., recipient of the United States Equestrian Federation's Lifetime Achievement Award and its Jimmy A. Williams Trophy, and is credited with leading the effort to make reining an international equestrian sport.
A frequent contributor to the AQHA's Journal and many other magazines, Don approached his work, leadership and volunteer positions with a joie de vivre that echoed his statement, upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, that "I never worked a day in my life. I've just played cowboy all my life."
He grew up Burbank as a third generation horseman. Don worked on ranches, galloped racehorses and competing on the local
Don is survived by his wife Ardys. Condolences may be sent to her and the family at 79 Narcissa Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Donations in his name are welcomed by the AQHA Foundation.
Hunter Jumper trainer Chris Borba passed away in late November. He and his wife Peggy ran Tailgate Farm in Northern California's Walnut Creek for many years and Chris was an active leader of many industry organizations, including PCHA and NorCal. He was well known for being kind and generous with his time and many trainers
credit him as a mentor in their own path to becoming professionals.
Familiar Names Align
Dr. Amy Gill teams up with O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling
O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling has contracted with Dr. Amy Gill to provide leading-edge nutrition consulting services for the Kruse's Perfection brand equine products. Dr. Gill, a nationally recognized equine nutritionist, has developed products for companies such as Alltech, Inc., Triple Crown Nutrition, Renaissance Nutrition, Milestone Equine, and Cargill Animal Nutrition.
"Since 1935, O.H. Kruse has been at the forefront of feed formulations that provide the best in animal nutrition. Our new relationship with Dr. Gill will allow us to continue with the latest advancements to enhance equine nutrition," says Dr. Clark Springfield, Division Manager for O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling.
O.H. Kruse is committed to helping our feed dealers achieve success. Dr. Gill will be available to speak at equine related events and educate O.H. Kruse feed dealers and horse owners on key issues related to equine feed management.