July 2011

Earn Prizes While Training

July 29, 2011

The AQHA Horseback Riding Program gives competitors the chance to earn prizes in and out of the arena. You already spend hours training for a show – why not be rewarded for them?

Mr Playinstylish

Reap the rewards two-fold – in and out of the show pen – with this humdinger of a deal on AQHA membership. Journal photo.

How many hours do you spend in the saddle? Between recreational riding, training for a show and loping around a show pen, you’re sure to spend just about as much time in the saddle as you do on your own two feet.

AQHA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Horseback Riding Program with a special membership promotion.

With the Horseback Riding Program, the more you ride, the more prizes you can earn.

When you take advantage of this membership offer, AQHA will automatically enroll you in the Horseback Riding Program, and then as you ride, you simply log your hours to your account online. It’s really that simple.

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Rugged Lark

July 29, 2011

Rugged Lark showed the world just how versatile the American Quarter Horse is.

By Richard Chamberlain in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Rugged Lark and Lynn Palm

Rugged Lark was loved by everyone, including trainer Lynn Palm. AQHA file photo.

Reining, dressage, driving, hunter, pleasure horse, Breyer model, sire, bronze statue, Silver Spur winner, Superhorse, philanthropist.

That was Rugged Lark.

The 1981 bay stallion died in 2004, leaving a legacy of goodwill and a string of accomplishments that would make any professional athlete blush. Read the rest of this entry »

Untie the Solution

July 28, 2011

Proper exercise and a change in diet can help prevent your horse from tying up.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

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If your horse ties up while you are riding, immediately get off and let him rest. Journal photo.

Everyone knows what it feels like to have sore muscles. You climb out of bed the morning after a long workout, and the thought of moving makes even the hair on your head hurt. Pulling your boots on feels like lifting anvils, and climbing stairs is not even an option. Read the rest of this entry »

Express Yourself

July 27, 2011

Some insider tips on getting expression from your horse in the halter ring.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

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Peppermint wrappers, combs and small breath sprays are just a few of the tools that can be used to get good expression from a halter horse Journal photo.

“ ‘Expression’ is not just about getting a good ear set,” says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kathy Smallwood of Pilot Point, Texas. “It’s the horse’s total look, just like with a person.”

Kathy has spent a lifetime raising, training and showing American Quarter Horses in everything from showmanship to pleasure driving. She has led more than one homebred world champion halter horse through the ring, including 2005 world champion weanling stallion Righteous Mister. Kathy’s husband, Lonn, also won the amateur world championship with him. Read the rest of this entry »

News Roundup

July 26, 2011

Find out which AQHA director was recently awarded a prestigious award by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, plus, get the facts on the latest AQHA show industry news.

AQHA Director Patti Colbert was named the 2011 recipient of the Fern Sawyer Award by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Photo courtesty of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Fire Damages CSU Equine Center

The Colorado State University Equine Reproductive Laboratory in Fort Collins, Colorado, was severely damaged by fire on July 26.

For more information on the fire, check out thedenverchannel.com’s coverage.

Region One Championship

AQHA members from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon flocked to Langley, British Columbia, for the AQHA Region One Championship on July 20-24.

The first- and second-place youth finishers in hunt seat equitation and horsemanship classes were invited back into the arena July 22 for a champion of champions ride-off.

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Guess That Horse

July 26, 2011

AQHA’s Guess That Horse Contest, sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Journal, takes place Wednesdays at 1 p.m. CDT!

American Quarter Horse

Who could this American Quarte Horse be?

Welcome to Guess That Horse. Today’s winner receives a “Showing to Win: Western Pleasure” DVD and a “Team Roping” DVD, sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Journal.

When the contest is live, twelve hints will be posted, one at a time, every few minutes on this page. Refresh your browser periodically for new hints. Please post your guesses into the “comments” box below. The first person to correctly identify the American Quarter Horse wins the prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Trail Challenge at Region One

July 26, 2011

Exhibitors take the extreme trail challenge plunge at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia.

By Larri Jo Starkey

No problem: Dennis Hooge was worried about this obstacle, but after a little training, he and Codys Lil Hick were able to stand on it for the required three seconds easily. (Larri Jo Starkey photo). For more photos from the trail challenge and the Region One Championship, scroll to the slide show below.

On July 23, exhibitors at the Region One Championship lined up to take part in a class most of them had never seen before: trail challenge.

Trail challenge involves extreme trail obstacles and a partnership, explains AQHA Professional Horseman Mark Bolender, who led the four-hour clinic before the class. Mark is a multiple National Mountain Trail champion, and his American Quarter Horse Sir Rugged Chex is known for his bridleless runs through obstacles that would make a goat blanch.

From turning around on small pedestals like an elephant to crossing a tangled web of poles without knocking any loose or trotting across 15 poles, trail challenge horses complete challenges that seem impossible at first.

“You never know what a horse can do until you trust him,” Mark says. “I like to see the mind work out the Read the rest of this entry »

It Doesn't Have to Be a War

July 26, 2011

In the right hands, a “war bridle” can be a helpful tool.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

horse with war bridle

A war bridle should be used correctly and only when needed. Journal photo.

The term “war bridle” elicits shudders in some horsemen and praise in others, with good reason. In the right hands, it can be a great training ally; in the wrong hands or on the wrong horse, it can create a wreck.

AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Smith of Whitesboro, Texas, knows that a properly used war bridle can be a great tool in certain situations.
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All-Around Winners in Region One

July 25, 2011

After a week of competition, all-around winners claim their prizes in Region One.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Amanda Daly of Kamloops, British Columbia, accepts just one of the seven buckles she won on her way to the youth 13 and under all-around title July 24 at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia. (Larri Jo Starkey photo). For more photos, scroll to the slide show below.

Amanda Daly needed a new saddle.

She, her sister and her grandparents had been showing heavily this summer and were tired, but as they were reading the Region One Championship show bill, they noticed that the prize for the all-around was a TexTan saddle, sponsored by Markel Insurance.

So after thinking it over, the family left from Kamloops, British Columbia, and returned to the Thunderbird Show Park for Region One, where Amanda proceeded to enter everything on her family-bred mare, Olena San Star.

“It’s a backyard bred horse that started out really doing little games and play days,” said Amanda's proud grandmother, Jeanette Brandt of Kamloops. “Eventually we realized her potential. She can do cutting, she can do reining, she can do jumping, she can do barrels, poles, sorting, just on and on. She proved this weekend how incredibly gifted she is and the rider is.”

“Star” has never had professional training, Amanda said. Her grandfather, Read the rest of this entry »

Earn Prizes Doing What You Love

July 25, 2011

The Horseback Riding Program gives riders a sense of accomplishment.

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Rebecca Loomer and one of the horses she rides to earn hours toward her next award. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Loomer.

Rebecca Loomer, 48, is an ex-horse-show junkie. She has raised and ridden world and reserve world champions in the International Buckskin Horse Association and the American Ranch Horse Association.

But when Rebecca started a family, her days of having time to dedicate to showing went out the window. Read the rest of this entry »

Flaxen Mane and Tail

July 25, 2011

AQHA's equine color specialist weighs in on the genetics of a foal from a cross between a red roan and a bay.



Can you explain the genetics of a liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail from parents that are a red roan and a bay?



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Happy Birthday in Region One

July 23, 2011

The Friday Evening Extravaganza at Region One featured extreme trail, dancing and a champion of champions.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Kimberly Servoss celebrates her birthday at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia. (Larri Jo Starkey photo). To see more photos from the event, scroll to the slide show below.

Happy birthday, Kimberly Servoss.

The amateur from Bellingham, Washington, celebrated July 22, her birthday, at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia, where she won the horsemanship buckle as a special gift to herself.

“My horse is A Little Two Deluxe, “Bob,” and he’s a 12-year-old bay gelding,” Kimberly said after her win. “He’s my first horse I’ve ever owned. I’ve had him for about four years, and I try to get out to the barn to ride four to five times a week. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl, and I love it.”

Kimberly said she shows the gelding often at Thunderbird Show Park and was returning for her second Regional Championship.

“We love showing Quarter Horses,” she said. “It’s definitely our favorite Read the rest of this entry »