Cutting horse group drops lawsuit filed against blogger

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Glory Ann Kurtz, a blogger who was sued by the National Cutting Horse Association after she requested financial information, says the group dropped a lawsuit it filed this spring in state District Court after she refused to keep the requested information confidential.

The Fort Worth-based group’s suit demanded that Kurtz pay $100,000.

Kurtz said the nonprofit group’s lawyers were stabled and the legal action withdrawn when she resigned as a member and abandoned her request for information, although supporters had promised her they’d fill a defense fund.

But Kurtz, editor of the website, didn’t go quietly.

In a lengthy posting last month, Kurtz made clear that she intends to continue being a bur under the cutters’ collective saddle.

“I’m not giving up my mission by any means, and will also be posting on my site some of the details of what I discovered within the cutting horse industry,” she wrote.

Kurtz requested information about a lobbyist for the group and its finances, including bank accounts and affidavits filed with the state’s major events fund.

Among other things, Kurtz's blanket coverage of all things cutting has included accusations that the association unwittingly received more money from the Texas Major Events Trust Fund than it deserved by inflating the number of tournament participants in an application.

A city auditor later attributed the error to a mistake in an economic impact study prepared by a former professor at TCU.

Can you cook Turkish?

There’s a place for you.

The Flying Carpet has a job opening.

Brent Hyder’s Turkish restaurant and hand-knotted carpet emporium is looking for a head chef who knows his or her Turkish cuisine.

The Fort Worth establishment has been closed since the end of May when Hyder parted company with two sisters, Callie and Devon Doyle, chef and manager respectively, who ran the business just off Magnolia Avenue at 1223 Washington Ave.

Hyder says their simultaneous departure was mutual.

“Now, it’s temporarily closed and I am looking for a new chef,” he said. “I went all the way to Turkey to interview prospective chefs. It was worth it. I found several candidates.”

But the two finalists, both males in their 20s without families or property, couldn’t get U.S. working visas.

And efforts to find a skilled Turkish chef already in the U.S. have proved fruitless.

“I’d hire a Kurd, an Iranian, an Armenian, anyone who knows the dishes,” he told us. “I just have to keep beating the bushes.”

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Twitter: @jimfuquay Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 Twitter: @bshlachter

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