Western Bloodstock, a top sale company in the cutting horse industry, has been sold by Ben Emison and Milt Bradford to Jeremy and Candace Barwick of Stephenville. “I could not be happier,” said Emison, 75. “Milt and I are still going to be on the Western Bloodstock team. Don’t look for any changes, except for having a young guy with a lot of bright ideas to move things forward. “Jeremy knows as much as I do about the horse industry,” said Emison, who first met Barwick several years ago. The Barwicks, who also own Shadow Oak Ranch, a Quarter Horse breeding, training and rehabilitation center, are both NCHA World Champions. Jeremy, 36, claimed the NCHA Open World Championship in 2006, 2007, and 2009 on Dual Rey Me, the career winner of $818,177, ranked third among cutting’s all-time leading money earners. Candace was 2008 NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion on Dual Rey Me. “I’ve trained horses for the last 15 years, along with operating the breeding and rehab facility, but the biggest part of my business has been fitting people with horses to show or breed,” said Barwick. “It’s the part of the business I love the best and this is an opportunity of a lifetime for Candy and me. “When I first approached Ben and Milt about it, I thought we’d probably never be able to get it done. But part of the arrangement is that they both will be working very closely with us and all of the policies and procedures will remain the same. Western Bloodstock was founded in 2000, and its first venue was the 2000 NCHA Futurity Sale. Since then the company, which also produces farm and ranch sales and dispersals, has become an integral part of the cutting horse industry through three major sales in Fort Worth: the NCHA Futurity Sale, the NCHA Super Stakes Sale, and the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale. In the past 20 years, more than 26,000 horses have gone under the hammer at Western Bloodstock auctions. Western Bloodstock’s next venue in Fort Worth is the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sales, August 2 and 3, 2013, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center.
Cutting horse company sold
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Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.