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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sales Soar at 2017 Congress Super Sale

The 2017 Congress Super Sale showed a strong market with an overall average sale price of $8,854. That posted an increase of 20% over the 2016 average. When the dust settled the Overall High Seller and Yearling Sale Stakes High Seller was a no sale in the ring and purchased by Andrew R Drnjevich, Ravenna, Ohio, later during the day at $75,000 was Hip # 34, Cant Stop Lopin, a 2016 sorrel mare sired by Lopin My Best and out of Make Mine An Odyssey.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Breeding Contract Check-Up

by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law

Breeding season begins soon. Stallion managers and owners can plan ahead by reassessing and, where warranted, updating their contracts. How? Here are a few suggestions.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Arizona Fall Championship Sees Continued Growth

The 2017 Arizona Fall Championship held in Scottsdale, AZ September 20th through 24th proved once again that it is truly the “Show For Everyone” with a broad canvas of opportunities.

The show offered a full schedule of Rail, Trail, Halter, Showmanship, Reining and Cattle Classes. It also expanded its offerings of Ranch classes with large numbers seen in Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Versatility Ranch Horse and Ranch on the Rail.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Solid as The Rock

by Kate Sanchez

Rock solid: extremely reliable and unlikely to change; it’s something that every horse owner looks for in their equine partner, not to mention a breeding animal.

The Rock, a 2011 red roan AQHA stallion, was undoubtedly named appropriately in every facet of his being. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PCQHA President’s Message

by Cece Campbell, PCQHA President

What most of you already know is that PCQHA approves horse shows, which produce many positive results.

First, with your PCQHA points and attendance at PCQHA approved shows you can qualify for AQHA world show events, such as the AQHA Select, Youth and Open World show.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship

by Courtesy of NRCHA

On his quest to win the biggest trophy in the sport of reined cow horse, Jake Gorrell has taken care of the little things with the hope that one day, the big things would take care of themselves.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Brock and Hannah Hieber

by Kelsey Hellmann

Brock and Hannah Hieber grew up surrounded by horses, from their family’s horses to the boarders at their barn.

Chris and Pattie Hieber’s two children forged a passion for horses that will keep them involved in the industry for years to come.

Monday, November 6, 2017

High Roller Reining Classic Celebrates 10 Years!

by BMG Events; Performance & Win Photos: Waltenberry; Candid’s courtesy of BMG Events

The High Roller Reining Classic celebrated its 10th Anniversary in style at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The huge event is known for its fun-loving enthusiastic riders, talented horses, great prizes and of course the South Point’s fantastic facility.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wine & Roses Blazes New Trails

by Pamela Britton-Baer Corning, Ca.

They say horse people are tough. Nothing illustrated that better than the week of October 9,2017 when it seemed half of California had caught on fire.

Rumor had it the Quarter Horse Exhibitors Association of California’s (QHEAC) Wine & Roses AQHA and Versatility Ranch Horse Show would be cancelled. Nothing could have been further from the truth which just goes to show the dedication and resilience of AQHA members.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Versatile Success

by Kate Sanchez

Addison Coutts is just a senior at Springs Charter School in Temecula, CA, but she’s achieved more in the horse-show pen than some people twice her age!

An extremely well-rounded young lady, Coutts lives just outside of wine country in Temecula where she continues to follow in her mother’s horse-loving footsteps, a passion that’s been present since Coutts was a very young girl.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Family and Horses First

by Kate Sanchez

There’s much that goes into showing horses, but for Carol Elder of the Fallbrook and Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta areas, in CA, everything about the experience involves family. Whether it’s raising or showing horses, Elder and a variety of family members do it together for the most enjoyable experience possible.

For the horsewoman, even her earliest horse experiences revolved around family. “My parents purchased a flashy yearling for my first horse when I was in third grade”, she shares.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Metalic Al Wins Big

by Sally Harrison

Metalic Al, ridden by Tom Shelly for Metallic All LLC, Los Olivos, Calif., scored 225 points on Saturday, September 2, to win the ICHA Futurity Mercuria World Series Open Finals in Nampa, Idaho.

Eazee E scored 220 points under Tatum Rice for second, while QB Cat, shown by Clint Allen, and Metallic Rebel, with Beau Galyean, each scored 219 points to split third and fourth-place money.

Metalic Al, a 7-year-old son of Metallic Cat and $90,000 NCHA Futurity Sale 2-year-old graduate, earned $10,970 for his win, increasing his lifetime earnings to $143,195.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Making Their Mark

by Delores Kuhlwein

Select Amateurs from California and beyond reach for the top at the 2017 Adequan® Select World Show

Select: se·lect \ sə-ˈlekt \. Adjective. 1. of special value or excellence: superior, choice

Select Amateurs are in a league of their own, and they proved their excellence once again at this year’s 2017 Adequan Select World Show.

Over 540 exhibitors and more than 730 horses from United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Belgium graced the site of the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo, ready for a chance at 44 world championship titles.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Lasting Impression

by Kate Sanchez

To know the story of “Tim the Trail Man”, one must first understand where it all began. It’s a story dating back to right after World War II, when his father relocated to central California.

Little did everyone know that this would be the start of an extensive career for one of the very best trail course designers known; a man who would shape, and re-shape the way trail classes everywhere are performed today.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Best Home Improvement Ideas to Try This Fall

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Sometimes, the very best home improvement ideas come down to timing. And what better time for a refresh than the arrival of fall.

In addition to being a great season to go apple picking and admire the foliage, it's also the perfect time of year for making a number of home improvements. Here are some timely projects to tackle this fall.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ask the Vet: Preparing for Rehabilitation

by Answered by, Terri Van Wambeke, DVM, Oregon City, OR Courtesy of, AAEP

Question: My veterinarian advised placing Nanric ultimate wedges on my laminitic mare with no radiographs or a plan of action discussed. The veterinarian abandoned treatment with no follow-up only advising me to keep the horse on stall rest 24-7. After a month, the smell coming from the wedges made obtain expertise from another veterinarian. The wedges were removed only to reveal both front hooves had small holes in the soles at tips of frogs. Radiographs were taken that same day, which showed minor rotation. We are now into month two, treating these holes at great expense. Were the wedges used properly?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Back On Track: A Brand You Can Trust

When you see Back on Track’s distinctive logo, you see: Quality, Reliability, Trust, Comfort and their exclusive Welltex Fabric.

BOT products are proven to increase circulation and help reduce inflammation. You can see the proof in our veterinarian test results, in our customer testimonials and in the way you, your horse or dog feels and moves.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Big Win for Whiskey Cat in PCCHA Mercuria Open

Whiskey Cat, by Highbrow Cat, scored 228 points to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Finals on Saturday, June 17, at the Core Balance PCCHA Derby in Las Vegas, Nev. Metallic Rebel, winner of the PCCHA Classic Challenge Open earlier on Saturday with 227 points, scored 222 points in the Mercuria for reserve.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bit by the Horse Bug

Lodi, CA resident Peggy Fry did not grow up owning horses; in fact, her parents were school teachers. But that didn’t keep the young girl from having big dreams of one day owning her own horse.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

CD Survivor Memorial Bridle Champions Ken Wold & Brother Jackson

Bridle Spectaculars at NRCHA Premier Events deliver some of the best cow horse action a reined cow hose fan will ever see. The bridle horses are the veterans of the NRCHA, with all the ingredients: talent, training and years of experience.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Lower Your Electric Bill This Summer: 10 Easy Tips

You know it’s coming, that sweltering beast we all call summer. The blistering weather brings more than just lethargy and unsightly sweat stains—it can also lead to sky-high electric bills as you crank up the AC.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lil Bay Hawk & Justin Wright Win 2017 NRCHA Derby Open Championship

A thrilling day of reined cow horse action wrapped up the main event at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby in Paso Robles, California, with the finals for Open and Non Pro competitors. Champions were crowned in three Open and three Non Pro Derby divisions.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Should You Buy a Horse Sight Unseen?

People occasionally buy horses, sight unseen, based on an ad over the Internet or the recommendation of a friend. Many buyers are completely satisfied with their purchases.

Unfortunately, some are not. Legal disputes sometimes follow from settings like these:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rolex In Paris

There are many factors that go in to creating a successful Open Level horse. From breeding and training to the willingness and athletic ability of the horse, it all adds up to make the horse a hit in the show pen.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Purchase Exam

There will be at least three parties involved in the sale of a horse in a private sale. The primary parties involved include the buyer, the seller, and the horse.

However, in some cases there will be secondary parties involved which can include, but are not limited to, an agent for the buyer, an agent for the seller, a trainer, insurance agencies, or other advisors of some sort.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Catch the Wave Sitting on Top of the World with Sun & Surf 2017

How would you like to attend a horse show with plenty of sun, temperatures from the mid to high 70’s, and proximity to the beach?

The concept is not just a dream; it’s reality for the exhibitors who bask in the sun and unrivaled weather at Sun and Surf Circuit in Del Mar every year in May.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Calling All Horse Owners And Riders – English And Western!

You are invited to a new exciting equine event – The Mane Event, Equine Education and Trade Fair, May 26-28, 2017 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, in Scottsdale, AZ.

With over 100 hours of equine education in the form of clinics, demos, and presentations plus an equine-based trade fair, an educational Trainers Challenge competition, evening Equine Experiences featuring trick riding, liberty demos, reining freestyle demo and more. “We are so very excited to come to one of the best equine facilities in the west,” said Mane Event spokesperson, Nicole Barker.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Is The Dream - Christine Harrison & Ima Radical Hour

Being retired does not mean that life has to slow down! For some people, lifelong dreams are finally attainable during retirement.

Christine Harrison is now following her childhood dream of owning a show horse. As a child, her and her sister each had a horse. She was able to show her horse at a few all-breed shows as a teenager and from there the dream of showing had always been in the back of her mind.

As life would have it, horse showing was not in the cards for Harrison. Once she graduated from college she moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She moved so that she could travel the world and experience other cultures. She worked as a neonatal respiratory therapist and was on the transport team for infants for over 25 years.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Six-Figure Jump: Cutting Sire Metallic Cat Shatters Super Stakes Record

Numbers from the recent 2017 Lucas Oil/National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes are in, making it official that Metallic Cat is now that event’s highest earning sire.

Sixty-nine of his foals won more than $831,500 across multiple divisions, which is the richest single-show payout in NCHA Super Stakes history.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Battle For The Saddle

Rain May Soak Our Boots and Tack But Spirits Ran High at the Rolling Hills Casino Event Center. 

The WCRHA (West Coast Reining Horse Association) held its second affiliate qualifier at the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning. Even though the weather left a bit to desire, the show was well attended and besides the general NRHA classes we had some fun with a Slot Tournament which was sponsored by the Rolling Hills Casino and a “Battle for the Saddle’ class sponsored by the Casino and WCRHA.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Extreme Mustang Makeover

Building upon the success of its 10-year anniversary tour in 2016, Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) returns in 2017 and continues to deliver on its mission of finding adoptive homes for American mustangs.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Cactus Reining Classic

The weather was almost perfect for the 2017 Cactus Reining Classic and there was definitely a great turn out of terrific exhibitors!

2017 has seen a considerable number of changes in schedule dates for horse shows, the Cactus Reining Classic included. This year the event was pushed two weeks further into March, a move that producer Amanda Brumley, of Brumley Management Group was not unhappy about.

Friday, May 5, 2017

National Reined Cow Horse Association 2017 Stallion Stakes

by Courtesy of NRCHA

A thrilling night of finals action at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, wrapped up with Brady Weaver, Enterprise, Utah, scoring a career highlight

A thrilling night of finals action at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, wrapped up with Brady Weaver, Enterprise, Utah, scoring a career highlight when he piloted SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun), a 2012 mare owned by Gary Ewell, to the Open and Intermediate Open Championships. Weaver guided SJR Reygun to a composite 662 score for the win, earning a 215 in the herd work, a 217 in the rein work, and a blistering 230 down the fence.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rodeo Vogue- Maxi Dresses

by Janzen Jackson

Maxi dresses are not a new trend in fashion, but they are becoming increasingly popular. With the floral feminine look being more on the rise this spring, maxi dresses give the illusion of being very well put together with little effort in planning a look.

If you are anything like me, that makes a huge difference in my daily activities. Some events I have weeks to plan for while others are spur of the moment, and I need to look pieced together.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Feeding and Managing Pregnant Mares: Prenatal Nutrition

by Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily

Many broodmares are in the last half of gestation at this time. The latter part of gestation is one of the most important development periods in the life of a foal when the foal is developing in the uterus of the mare.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Understanding Equine Insurance: Guidelines You Should Consider

Whether a horse is purchased for personal or business reasons, ownership represents a significant investment of time, money and resources.

While no one likes to think about the potential for tragedy, horses seem to be prone to illness, accidents and injury. Should some peril befall your horse, nothing may ease the emotional burden, but wise planning can help reduce the economic impacts.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ready to Roll

The rollback consists of three separate maneuvers – a stop, a 180-degree turn and a lead departure. The rollback should be one continuous, fluid motion.

However, this is easier said than done.National Reining Horse Association $3 million-dollar rider Craig Schmersal describes some of the techniques he uses at home to ensure precise rollbacks.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Time Has Come! The Competition Is Set! We’ve Broken Tradition!

The Las Vegas Wild Card Reining Challenge Returns in 2017 with over $115,000 in Added Money.

The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016. Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sweet PDZ Adds A Coop Refresher To Its Market Leading Brand

From the makers of the leading horse stall refresher on the market, Sweet PDZ, comes an exciting new product specifically marketed for backyard chicken keepers – Sweet PDZ Coop Refresher.

This new granular product provides the same superior ammonia eliminating capabilities as the stall refresher, but is now available in a “chicken” labeled package and size that is ideal for use in chicken coops.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Washington's Most Expensive Listing Is a $28M Cattle Ranch on Vashon Island

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Seattle is no stranger to luxury real estate—typically waterfront mansions bought and sold by executives at Amazon, Starbucks, Boeing, and Microsoft. So it’s no shocker that Washington’s most expensive listing is located just outside Seattle.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Feeding and Managing Pregnant Mares: Prenatal Nutrition

by Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily

Many broodmares are in the last half of gestation at this time. The latter part of gestation is one of the most important development periods in the life of a foal when the foal is developing in the uterus of the mare.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Las Vegas Wild Card Reining Challenge Returns in 2017 with over $115,000 in Added Money

The Time Has Come! The Competition Is Set! We’ve Broken Tradition! The first Wild Card Reining Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada was held May 25th through the 29th, 2016.

Hosted by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center, the “Wild Card” was specifically created to offer young reining horses more time to receive the training they need to begin long and sound careers in the demanding sport of reining.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Record Win for Phil Rapp

by Courtesy of National Cutting Horse Association

NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Phil Rapp, cutting’s all-time leading money earner, with more than $8.8 million, won the 2017 Houston NCHA Mercuria World Series Open Finals on Saturday, March 4, with 227 points on Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey.

It was Rapp’s tenth win in a Mercuria Finals, a record number for the series. In addition, Dont Stopp Believin LTE $224,933 is out of Dont Look Twice, who won the Mercuria Finals eight times, a record number for an individual horse.

Dont Stopp Believin is the first Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting winner out of a Mercuria winner.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Locked On Trail

by Kelsey D. Hellmann

At first glance a printed trail pattern can make the whole class seem very overwhelming. Deciphering between the dotted lines, dashed lines and where those looping solid lines go is enough to ensue a headache after reading.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

So So Good and Sarah Finkle

by Kelsey Hellman

Competing with horses as a youth exhibitor can be both exhilarating and disappointing for those showing. In the youth divisions, the competition can be very tough with the vast majority having their hearts set on the coveted title of World Champion.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Rodeo Vogue – Turquoise & Sterling Silver

by Janzen Jackson

Turquoise or sterling jewelry is not something new, but it has been on a major rise lately in western fashion.

Hunting for the newest maker or the oldest pawn pieces to spice up your next look and to hold on to for years to come— I shop new and old jewelry every day adding to my ever growing collection. Turquoise doesn't have to just be for those big events or nights on the town. Modest pieces are great to have on hand for day to day wear as well. I’m excited to share with you my secrets and tips when it comes to all things turquoise and sterling, from the buying to styling process and everything in between.

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