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Monday, December 7, 2015

Highly Trained and Well Reined! SCRCHA Shootout 2015

The much anticipated annual SCRCHA Shootout event held at Casner Ranch in Temecula did not disappoint. The three day show is the culmination of the club’s year long circuit, giving exhibitors and trainers a chance to improve or solidify their standings.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

December Online Auction Features Bushy Park Farm Production Sale Plus 75 More Top Horses

Outstandingly“Bidding will close on 2 different days for the December Online auctions,” announces Mike Jennings of the Professional Horse Services, LLC management team. “The Bushy Park Farm Online Production Sale will open for bidding on Saturday, December 5 and close on Tuesday, December 8.  Bidding for the 75 horses in the December Online Auction will open on Monday, December 7 and close on Wednesday, December 9.”

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kick Off The 2016 Show Season At The Biggest AQHA Show On The West Coast!

Lucas Oil/Protect The Harvest Dirt & Diamonds NRCHA All Breed Derby & Back 2 Basics AQHA Circuit to Begin February 10, 2016. As the 2016 show season comes onto the horizon, so does the Back 2 Basics AQHA Circuit. For the past several years, this show has been the largest AQHA show circuit at the beginning of each show season on the west coast.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Horse Syndications Are Coming Back?

The Tax Court has recognized that horse racing or breeding is a highly speculative venture, but that “an opportunity to earn a substantial ultimate profit in a highly speculative venture is ordinarily sufficient to indicate that the activity is engaged in for profit even though losses or only occasional small profits are actually generated.”

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bits and Pieces: How Your Bit Works

While in Denmark for the AQHA international horsemanship camp, Dr. Holly Spooner, horse science professor at Middle Tennessee State University, gave a short talk about bits and their functions.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Is Replacing Carpet With Hardwood Always Worth It?

Thinking about replacing your floors? Especially if you have carpet, the choice seems clear: Hardwood floors are preferred by home buyers and renters across the United States.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The December Digital Magazine is Live Now!

10- Congress Super Sale Results
14- Sun Circuit 2016
22- Back 2 Basics AHA Circuit
30- Quarter Horse Congress
36- SCRCHA Shootout 2015
38- How to Winter Horses
44- It’s Reining in Hollywood
62- Defending the Bulldog
68- The Importance of Advertising
72- Bits & Pieces- How Your Bits Work
88- Replacing Carpet with Hardwood
Click Here to View December's Issue!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Falling down is life, getting up is living.

I think everyone has read the saying that, "falling down is life, getting up is living."
Well, I think I may be in the falling down phase right now.

Horse showing definitely has its highs and lows, especially when you are relatively new to the AQHA game.
Last year I bought a very nice all around horse and started the year with a pretty good bang. Went to a few shows, got a few points, even won a few blue ribbons and buckles. It was fun~while it lasted. 

Then my horse was off and needed some rest, next came family obligations, and the kid's college tuition. Then came the overriding guilt that when I returned to the show pen ,not only was I not really winning, I was  spending a small fortune, and not having loads of fun. I've asked myself if I really wanted to sign up for this? Open checkbook, work hard, and lose~or at least feel like a loser. 

Then up comes the Novice Amateur show and incredibly I qualify, by the skin of my chinney, chin,  chin. I had shown at exactly 20 shows. My husband gives me the thumbs up, with the possibility that this might be my only chance to go. Elatedly, I send my horse to the trainer's and get back on a training schedule. 

We arrive in Las Vegas for my biggest show to date and I am really happy to have qualified for this show. It's the culmination of so many dreams and I had told myself quite a few times that arriving was the prize. Two classes in and I made the top ten and the finals, then my horse gets sore and we have to pull him from the rest of the show. At this point, I am not happy to have arrived at the show and I am trying not to cry like a two year old. My barn buddies are wonderful with just the right amount of sympathy so that I don't break down and embarrass myself and yet they get the point across that they understand my loss. The rest of the show is spent quietly waiting to go home.

Falling down is life, getting up is living.....

So today, both my horse and myself are at home with a planned trip to the veterinarian next week.  That information will have to wait, and as for me, I am going to get up out of bed, head to the barn and work on my next plan of action. So don't be surprised if you see me at the next show, riding or helping out, and maybe on the sidelines. 

I plan to live,

Allyson Hicks

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sun Circuit 2016

The 2016 Sun Circuit will be January 9-17, two weeks earlier than usual. This time slot places it prior to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction and the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament that are also held at West World.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting: A Family's Journey

The NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting kicked off yesterday in Columbus, Ohio at the All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC). With almost 60 non-pro and open exhibitors, the Mercuria is a highlighted event during the AAQHC.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

View Level Point Ranges for 2016

Point ranges for the 2016 AQHA class levels are available online. With the 2016 AQHA class level point ranges now available online, exhibitors and horse owners can begin to determine their eligibility for the 2016 show season.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity

It was an intense night during the Futurity Open finals where 25 horse-and-rider teams were down in the dirt vying to earn the prestigious Futurity Open Championship.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

3 Tips to Sell Your House in the Fall

Although the real estate business tends to slow down in the fall, the season still can be an attractive time to put a home on the market. If you want to sell your house in the next few months, it can be done.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Walla Walla Whiz: Newest NRHA Million Dollar Sire

NRHA is excited to announce that Walla Walla Whiz (2003 stallion), owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA and bred by Terry T. and Jo L. Wiens, is the newest stallion to join the Million Dollar Sire group! He skyrocketed past this milestone with help from his offspring to boast $1,008,228 in official NRHA earnings.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Freckles Playboy

This 2013 Hall of Fame inductee did more than just excel in the show pen, he was also a Quarter Horse breeding great. It was the day before Groundhog Day in 1973 when Freckles Playboy was born, sired by Jewel’s Leo Bars, a money-earning son of Sugar Bars, and out of Gay Jay, a spicy-hot cutting mare.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I Hired a Friend as My Broker, Got Offers, Then Decided Not to Sell. What Now?

An anonymous reader asks: Not long ago, I hired a friend as the broker to sell my house. She did a great job getting it photographed and listed, arranging open houses, and handling potential buyers. 
I got multiple offers above asking price—then, before accepting any of them, decided not to sell after all. What do I do now?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The International 2015 Back to the Future

The third week in September marked the return of The International to Denver, Colorado after a six-year hiatus. This innovative Reining event offered opportunities for all levels of horses and riders to compete for significant prize money and incredible awards in the Mile High City.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Do Not Dispose of Fall Leaves In Horse Pastures

Disposing of fall leaves properly or composting them in an area outside of pastures is an important aspect to horse management. Horses like the taste and smell of recently fallen leaves; however, the leaves are dense and can compact in the horse’s digestive system, causing compaction colic.

The 2015 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic… Brings its A-Game and Draws a Full House!

The 2015 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic pulled out all of the stops this year at the South Point Event Center, Hotel and Casino.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Triple Crown Nutrition®, Inc. Named Official Feed Sponsor of the U.S. Eventing, Show Jumping, and Dressage Teams

Triple Crown Nutrition is proud to announce a new partnership with The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Triple Crown Nutrition is now the Official Feed Sponsor of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team, and the U.S. Dressage Team.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Evolution of the Non Pro

They come to us with little knowledge or experience.  Often times, they have purchased economical horses on their own with expectations of grandeur and adulation.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Ask the Vet: Poor Performance

Question: I have an 8-year-old Quarter horse gelding on trial. The pre-purchase vet check discovered a rounded coffin bone and the lameness test on the right front leg was a 1 on a scale of 5.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

10 Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

A house is likely your most valuable asset, so it’s a good idea to know as much as possible about your mortgage before you rush toward closing day.  
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

7 House Cleaning Secrets of the Pros

House cleaning is a chore that takes you hours to complete. So you call a cleaning professional to do the task for you, and … BAM!—they zoom right through the task.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Getting Back on Track

In 2000, Swedish doctor Erland Beselin began experimenting with the pain relieving capabilities of ceramic textiles — inspired by the ancient Chinese practice of applying heated marble stone and baked clay to aching muscles.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Miss Olene

She made her mark on horse-breeding history by passing along some speedy genes. Miss Olene was a product – and a producer – of American Quarter Horse racing royalty.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Horses and Hock Problems

Though lameness problems are more prevalent in the front feet of a horse, the hocks can also be a source of concern. There is a wide range of injuries that can occur to the hocks, and a variety of reasons behind those injuries.
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Spotlight: Melissa Zanetti

Melissa Zanetti and her students are often seen in the winner’s circles on the Quarter Horse circuit. She is a familiar face to many, and it’s no wonder since she’s been involved in horses her whole life.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Talking Tack

Accidents can happen around horses, no matter how careful you are. But being careful is the first step toward preventing disaster, and that includes making sure your tack is in good repair.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Protect Your Horse-Showing Investment With Proper Leather Care

It’s not unusual for a high-quality, well-made saddle to cost more than the horse toting it. With the investment you’ve made in your leather tack, it only makes sense to take proper care of it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tail Extensions 101

When it comes to using a tail extension on your horse, one thing is certain: It shouldn’t stand out as an artificial tail. If it brings attention to itself and takes attention away from your riding performance, it’s a bad tail job.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Melissa Zanetti

Melissa Zanetti and her students are often seen in the winner’s circles on the Quarter Horse circuit. She is a familiar face to many, and it’s no wonder since she’s been involved in horses her whole life.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Colic? Lameness? Muscle Soreness? Arthritis?

Are you interested in natural healing? Introducing the AAH Light! The most convenient and versatile light therapy device available for your healing needs.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Jazz Up Your Home With Upgrades Worth the Expense

Paying attention to your home’s finer points matters when it comes to buying and selling. In an attempt to gain an edge on the competition, home sellers consider all sorts of ways to improve, embellish, accentuate, update and upgrade every nut and bolt. Combining high function with high style maximizes comfort, improves marketability and increases home value.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Reining By The Bay, 2015 - “Slidin by the Sea”

Of the three shows presented by the Brumley Management Group, LLC, Reining by the Bay is easily the most beautiful and delightful. It’s also the oldest. In 2015 it celebrated its 17th great year as the California reining community’s favorite horse show.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Brookside Summer Rein 2015

In August, one never knows what to expect with the weather. It could be a warm 106 or a cool 86. The Summer Rein show was blessed to enjoy the lower temperatures and cool breezes.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Reining By The Bay, 2015 - “Slidin by the Sea”

Of the three shows presented by the Brumley Management Group, LLC, Reining by the Bay is easily the most beautiful and delightful. It’s also the oldest. In 2015 it celebrated its 17th great year as the California reining community’s favorite horse show.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Horse-Breeding Help: Weaning a Foal

Weaning your foal might be heavy on the heart, but it’s something that must be done. Weaning season is a gut-wrenching time of year.

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