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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cut for a Cause - Saddle Shoot Out

The Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association (SCRCHA) hosted its October show at Casner Ranch in Temecula, CA, October 14-16. This show included cutting/ herd work, ranch riding, and cow horse classes both Saturday and Sunday, boasting high entries in all classes.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Oregon Hosts No Bling in the Ring Show

The Oregon Quarter Horse Association closes out its 2016 show season September 15-18 with No Bling in the Ring Show in Eugene. The Oregon Quarter Horse Association held their final show of the 2016 season, No Bling in the Ring Show in Eugene.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Horse-Showing Q&A: The Quarter Method

Question: "Should we use the quarter system in a halter class while the judge is judging like we would in a showmanship class, or just keep it simple and stay on opposite sides?"

Monday, November 21, 2016

How Not To Overspend On Your Christmas Shopping

Christmas – it’s the lovely time of the year again; the time for giving and sharing of gifts with family and friends. As much as we want to celebrate and be jolly during this festive season, we want to make sure that we are careful about spending so that we don’t spoil the festive mood.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Stallion Power at the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales

Western Bloodstock Ltd. announced the unprecedented sale of two all-time leading money earners, who are also contemporary sires of top money earners. Third Cutting LTE $545,146 and Spots Hot LTE $529,435 will be offered for sale in December during the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ammonia: The Hidden Danger in the Barn

We all like to think of the barn as a place to unwind and relax, but did you know that there may be a hidden danger to you lurking in your horse’s stall? When you open the stall door, pitchfork in hand, are you hit with an acrid burning of the nose, lungs and throat? That my friend, is the signature trademark of ammonia.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

For Topline, The Fix is in the Feed

Poor topline is more than just lousy saddle fit or bad genetics. It’s a key aspect of overall health. Today, there’s a lot of confusion out there about what it takes to improve topline.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire: Magnum Chic Dream

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) would like to congratulate Magnum Chic Dream on becoming NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire. Reaching his Three Million Dollar Sire status in 2015, Magnum Chic Dream has continued to sire elite offspring. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Legacy Lives On: Jacs Electric Spark NRHA’s Newest Three Million Dollar Sire

Gone but not forgotten, the late stallion, Jacs Electric Spark, continues to have offspring that excel in the show pen. Through his offsprings’ continued success during the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress, Jacs Electric Spark has become the newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Three Million Dollar Sire. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

50th Annual Congress Super Sale Results Report

“The 50th Annual Congress Super Sale featured the New Yearling Sale Stakes Session, which was met with a lot of enthusiasm and support,” according to Mike Jennings of Professional Horse Services, LLC. “With 105 yearling Western Pleasure prospects entered, the response from sellers was better than we expected..."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips Win Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship

Saturday, October 1, was the long- awaited National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals day. Twenty-five riders who spent the last two weeks striving to become finalists began with a clean slate and a fresh chance to win the $100,000 paycheck.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Using the Tax Code’s Net Operating Loss Carryover

Since 1918, the Tax Code has provided for the net operating loss carryover (NOL). It is a fundamental feature of U.S. tax law. According to IRS statistics, in 2014 over 1.2 million taxpayers filed for an NOL deduction, with the average amount being $163,292, for a total amount of $196.2 billion.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Record Entries at the Farnam Arizona Fall Championship

A great indicator that a horse show is on the right track is an increase in the number of entries. By that standard, the Farnam Arizona Fall Championship must be delivering exactly what AQHA and NSBA exhibitors want.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ammonia: The Hidden Danger in the Barn

We all like to think of the barn as a place to unwind and relax, but did you know that there may be a hidden danger to you lurking in your horse’s stall?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Reining By The Bay, 2016 “Surfin’ in the Sand”

According to Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio, the Horse Park at Woodside, home of Reining By The Bay, is the ultimate place to hold a horse show.

Pat should know as she’s lived near the Park for many years and, along with Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, is one of the founders of the Reining By The Bay. Now in its 18th great year as the California Reining Community’s all-time favorite show, Reining By The Bay offers world class competition in the most beautiful setting imaginable.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

High-Powered Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy And The Equine Athlete!

Almost everyone has heard of using magnetic therapy. PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field) Therapy is another method of utilizing a magnetic field, somewhat like static magnets, which have been used for centuries. The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine describes treating acupuncture points with lodestone, which emits a naturally occurring magnetic field, to relieve painful conditions. In the middle ages, magnets were very popular as they were thought to be a cure for almost any malady.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SERF Stonewall Equine Rehab and Fitness

by Sue Schindler
When your horse needs the best in care, come to Stonewall Equine Rehab and Fitness, “SERF,” for rehabilitation and conditioning. Located at the reknown Fulton Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, the newly opened rehabilitation center is second to none. Top veterinarians recommend SERF for their clients because they offer the most advanced equipment, a skilled and dedicated staff and a safe facility for their horses.

One element of rehab and fitness programs often overlooked is the relationship between the horse owner, attending veterinarian and rehab facility staff. At SERF, Dr. Kurt Harris “speaks their language” and is able to work directly with their client’s veterinarians, to follow the prescribed treatment plan for each individual horse.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Circle Oak Equine

Circle Oak Equine in Petaluma, CA is a five-veterinarian specialty practice focusing on sports medicine, lameness and professional rehabilitation for performance horses of all breeds and disciplines. Circle Oak’s medical director, Dr. Carrie Schlachter, is one of a very few equine veterinarians in the U.S. who is board certified in the newest specialty of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Monday, September 5, 2016

AQHYA World Show Recap California Youth Tackle Teamwork, Unity and Tough Competition

“Sporthas the power to change the world. It has the power toinspire. It has the power tounitepeople in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.” Nelson Mandela

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Harry & Snowman In Theaters September 30, 2016

Harry & Snowman follows the Cinderella story of Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and his transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse –named Snowman - that he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Inaugural Emo Western States Championship & Quarter Horse Show A Hit With Exhibitors

The inaugural EMO Western States Championship and Quarter Horse show was a big success for organizers and exhibitors alike. Held at the extraordinary South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 6-10, the show went off without a hitch.

Starting off on Wednesday and Thursday with a two-judge AQHA Show, which served as qualifying rounds for Friday’s Western States Championship show, as well as an independent AQHA show.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Huge Kudos To The Summer Celebration Quarter Horse Circuit For Great Prizes, 6 Sets of Points And Fun Parties

The PCQHA approved 6-judge Summer Celebration Quarter Horse Circuit brought out the top exhibitors from all overnthe state of California. Starting a day early, Summer Celebration started classes on Wednesday, June 29 and ended on Saturday, July 2 to accommodate travel to the new EMO Western States Championship show.

Held at the legendary Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, California, the show went off without a hitch, thanks to the staff of Track One Events and Poncie Gimple.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nutrition Fundamentals: Water

So much nutritional emphasis is placed on protein, fat, minerals, vitamins, and nonstructural carbohydrates that the most essential nutrient, water, is often taken for granted. Water is the vehicle in which all chemical and biological functions take place in the body.

Biologically the body is designed to balance water intake with water losses. If the body detects more water is needed there are chemical and biological signals sent to the brain to tell the horse to drink.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How to Buy Land: Tips to Pick the Perfect Plot

There’s something thrilling about the idea of buying your own piece of land—raw, untouched property on which you can build your dream home from the ground up.

But picking the perfect parcel can prove a bit more complex than you’d expect. So know what’s involved before you dig in! We’re here to help you navigate this process.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bluebonnet® Feeds | Crafting Premium Horse Feed




Bluebonnet® Feeds has been manufacturing and selling animal feed across Texas and Oklahoma for over three decades, but recently it has commanded the attention of horsemen across the country.

Since its beginning, Bluebonnet® Feeds has stood by the motto that “Quality is the Best Value” and over the years has developed some of the most effective feed products in the industry including the legendary Stride® Equine Diet Balancer supplement which was far ahead of its time.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pre-Purchase Exam Advice

Find out why a pre-purchase exam is an important step in choosing a new horse. Question: I’m shopping for a new horse. Is a pre-purchase exam important? We turned to our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for an answer.

Answer: Owning a horse can be a big investment in time, money and emotion. Unfortunately, horses seldom come with a money-back guarantee.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Limiting Starch in the Performance Horse

There are lots of different opinions today when it comes to added energy sources for performance horses. Here is one to consider that I feel makes the most sense:

The horse evolved as a grazing herd animal. All of their nutritional needs were met by the ground that they stood upon, and if predation was light, and water plentiful they may not travel at a faster pace than a trot for most of their life.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Win Your Own Future Reined Cow Horse Champion

And A Paid Entry to the 2017 Snaffle Bit Futurity - For Only $10! For the past three decades, the National Reined Cow Horse Association has teamed up with Ward Ranch, Kingsburg, California, to raffle off a royally bred 2-year-old reined cow horse at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

The Ward Ranch generously donates a top prospect each year, and the drawing for the winning ticket is always a highlight of Futurity Open Finals night. Established in 1972 by the late NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Greg Ward, Ward Ranch has raised numerous champions, many descended from the ranch's famous foundation mare, Fillinic.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What Home Buyers Need to Know About Insurance

No sensible car owner would drive without insurance, so it figures that no homeowner should be without insurance, either. 
The essential idea behind various forms of real estate insurance is to protect owners in the event of catastrophe. If something goes wrong, insurance can be the bargain of a lifetime. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In Some Markets, Home Prices Rise 5 Times Faster Than Inflation

It should come as no surprise that home prices continue to soar as the economy improves and more people enter what increasingly seems like an elbow-throwing, cash-hurling scuffle to secure the few homes available for sale.
But one region is seeing particularly dramatic gains. In the Pacific Northwest, homes are appreciating several times faster than inflation.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Three Lessons From the Lives of AQHA Hall of Fame Women

An AQHA intern explains three lessons she learned from American Quarter Horse industry trailblazers and how they relate to our lives today. 
When I arrived in Amarillo one month ago I was excited, anxious and, frankly, scared to death. Just three weeks prior, I found out that I had been chosen to be a summer intern with AQHA. I was beyond excited – this was a dream come true!
But when I pulled into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum parking lot during my first weekend in Texas, I wasn’t all too sure of myself and my abilities anymore. What if I had jumped the gun and taken this internship way too early in my college career? What if I totally messed up my first week?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Train Your Eye to Spot Good Horse-Health Characteristics

When most people set out to evaluate a horse, they hunt for faults. Instead, AQHA Judge Jim Heird, Ph.D. says to get into the habit of first looking for what’s good about the horse.
Before you can know what you don’t like, you have to firmly establish in your mind what you do like. Start by studying the breed ideal.
“Train yourself to find the horse that most closely resembles the breed ideal, with the most positive combination of balance, structural correctness, movement and appropriate breed characteristics,” he says.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Longest-Running AQHA Show in California Celebrates 50 Years

2016 was a special year for the San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association Mother’s Day Circuit Quarter Horse Show: It marked the 50th running of the AQHA circuit.
How many AQHA shows do you know that can say they’ve been operating for this long? Not too many!
The May 4-8 show in Paso Robles, California, featured two arenas, with two shows going from cutting and working cow horse events to western pleasure, pattern and trail bringing both realms of the Quarter Horse show world together. The Mother’s Day Circuit is also one of the largest Quarter Horse shows in the state of California.

Monday, July 18, 2016

6 Signs a Home Seller Isn’t Serious About Moving Out

When homeowners round up a Realtor®, list the house, and stick a sign on the front lawn, it’s pretty clear they’re serious about selling their property. Right? Well, not always.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cynthia Kenaston

“It’s gonna be a good year,” says Cynthia Kenaston. Not only was her second child born this past December but come July her new barn has its grand opening!

All the horses are being transferred to their new location over the weekend (June 4–5). The new facilities, which they built from scratch, is located in San Marcos, California, right off Deer Springs Road and near the freeway.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

All That Boon - Solid conformation. Sound minded.

The traits of an ideal horse, a horse that all trainers would want a barn full of. What could that ideal horse accomplish, could it possibly compete in a multiple show events?

With high-end performance events such as reining and reined cow horse becoming so specialized and detail oriented is it even possible to take a horse from one and show it in the other?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Inaugural Wild Card Reining Challenge, 2016

Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamonds. Like the fourth suit in a brand new deck, the Wild Card Reining Challenge made a complete set of the Brumley Management Group’s annual offering of Reining shows.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Around the World with AQHA President Sandy Arledge

AQHA President Sandy Arledge has been sharing her passion for the American Quarter Horse on her many travels. Since my last blog, I have been traveling and sharing my love for the American Quarter Horse with both old and new friends.

The San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association held its 50th annual Mother’s Day Circuit in Paso Robles, California, and I was thrilled to be able to celebrate the anniversary of the longest-running AQHA show in California.

Friday, July 8, 2016

NRHA Welcomes First 11 Million Dollar Sire: Topsail Whiz

Always in a league of his own, Topsail Whiz has made yet another milestone in the world of Reining.

The late Topsail Whiz has now become NRHA’s one and only 11 Million Dollar Sire. Less than two years after hitting the 10 Million Dollar Sire Milestone, the legacy of Topsail Whiz lives on.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Walkin’ on Sunshine Sun & Surf Circuit Rides the Crest of the Wave Again for 2016

Hearing exhibitors singing praises for Sun & Surf Circuit, the four day, six show AQHA California celebration, is part of our West Coast show culture every year. So it was no big surprise to see the overwhelming positivity emerging after this year’s show from May 19 - 22, 2016 in Del Mar.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Non-Pro title for Holly Muench

Holly Muench of Marietta, Oklahoma and CD Pretty Cat marked 222 for a four-point win in the Non-Pro finals on May 6 at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.

CD Pretty Cat is an 8-year-old gelding bred by M.R. Austin by Pretty Boy Cat out of Katie May CD, by CD Olena. He brought earning of more than $25,000 to the Western Nationals.

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 AQHA West Level 1 End-Of-Show Awards

Check out the winners of the Farnam all-around, B&W Hitches Rookie, show high-point and halter champion of champions.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rookie Day - Hosted by Loren Booth and Booth Ranches, Sanger, CA

Many of us who are long term or lifetime members of the NRHA often throw around the phrase Rookie Day.

We are cavalier in our use of the terminology, assuming that our members and our clients and our sponsors and our supporters are as familiar with the concept as we are; versed in the history of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation and its correlation to the Rookie Days that are held every year by NRHA Affiliates around nation and now the world. Click To Read More!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Groom to Win for the Horse-Showing Ring

Want to prove you are a serious competitor? Then enter the ring with a serious shine. Not only does meticulous grooming demonstrate good horsemanship, but it also creates a lasting impression in the judge’s mind. Set yourself apart from the crowd with these tips.

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