August 2011

At Your Fingertips

August 31, 2011

You can experience the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship in Amarillo August 28 – September 3 right at your fingertips.

Select exhibitors jump for joy when Adequan Select World time rolls around! Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Whether you’re at home, abroad or in Amarillo, you can catch all of the action at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo August 28 – September 3 at the Adequan Select World page.

For insight on all of the fun and excitement at the Adequan Select World, follow the Journal at the World coverage on the  Select World site.

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Guess That Horse

August 31, 2011

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

Welcome to Guess That Horse. Today’s winner receives a “Showing to Win: Western Pleasure” DVD, courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

When the contest is live, 10 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.

The winner will be announced after all the hints are given; participants must provide a valid e-mail address to to be eligible for the prize.

Contest is closed.

Hint #1: This American Quarter Horse was born in Texas.

Hint #2: This Quarter Horse is a gelding.

Hint #3: He was born in 1995.

Hint #4: He has 900 lifetime amateur points.

Hint #5: He is still showing.

Hint #6: He has 432 open trail points.

Hint #7: He has $41,348.87 in Incentive Fund Earnings.

Hint #8: This gelding is qualified in four events at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.

Hint #9: This horse truly exemplifies the versatility of the American Quarter Horse breed.

Final hint: This horse has a strong tie to the AQHA Adequan Select World Championship Show.

Congratulations to Diane for being the first person to correctly identify Zips Hidden Resource in today’s Guess That Horse contest! Zips Hidden Resource and Teresa Fletcher were the All Around Amateurs at the 2003 Adequan Select World Championship Show.

Be sure to join us next Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT for another round of Guess That Horse!

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Loosening Up

August 30, 2011

Before you saddle up, use these stretching tips to increase your seat and balance.

Stretching and relaxing before you ride can greatly increase your seat and balance. Journal photo.


Tips from Cyril Pittion-Rossillon

A loosening-up period on the ground enables riders to be stretched and mentally prepared before getting on the horse, eliminating the adjustment time a rider usually has when he or she first mounts. Read the rest of this entry »

World Show News Roundup

August 29, 2011

We’re having a great ol’ time down at the Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.

AQHA Second Vice President Johne Dobbs talks with participants at the Adequan Select World Championship Show on August 28 during a reception hosted by the American Quarter Horse Foundation Ambassadors. Journal photo.

From a staff standpoint, the Adequan Select World Championship Show is a favorite at AQHA. But the show is also a favorite for vendors, trainers and exhibitors.

Aside from the world-class competition, as one can always expect from an AQHA world championship show, the Adequan Select World is a good mix of coffee and camaraderie, pep and parties.

We’re only on Day 2 at the Adequan Select World, which runs August 28 – September 3, but we’ve already got some highlights from parties and competition to share:

Homage

August 29, 2011

How donating to the American Quarter Horse Foundation can heal yourself and others.

April 19, 1995, was a day that so many — myself included — remember as the day of the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City. It was also the day Lark It Or Leave It, a little steel-gray colt, made his entrance into the world, born in Wichita Falls, Texas, with me and my husband at his side.

He became my best friend, the one whose shoulder I could always lean on, and who bookended my days — no matter how busy the day had been, morning and night feedings were always paused, just for a few minutes, while ”Junior” got some personal attention. He was a great ride: light, responsive and just opinionated enough to keep things interesting. And as flighty as he could be with me on occasion, when he filled his role as a little girl's therapy horse, he became a solid rock, again offering a steady shoulder on which to lean and a magical back on which to fly.

You can imagine that we were all more than a little lost when he left us February 28, 2011, after a short fight against enteritis and colitis. Hopes and prayers and the best veterinary care we could find couldn't kick-start a digestive system that simply quit working. Read the rest of this entry »

Pregnant or Not?

August 29, 2011

Ever wonder if one mare's pregnancy can trigger a false pregnancy in another? Dr. Tom Lenz, past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, weighs in on the subject.

Question:

I have a mare that is due at the end of this month and I also have another broodmare that is not in foal (or so I was told), who is producing milk and getting fatter.

Is it possible that the broodmare is producing milk based on the other horse's due date? I checked with her previous owners and he said she lost her last foal, which would have been her fourth.

Is it possible that she is going through a false pregnancy?

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Horse Camp

August 29, 2011

Tips for camping with your horse.

Go out and explore with your horse! Journal photo.

From America’s Horse

Tired of riding around in circles in the back pasture?

Ready for some real adventures?

Commune with nature and go camping with your horse!

This outdoors, back-to-nature excursion requires a good deal of planning, but it will be worth it. Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Flit Bar

August 26, 2011

The versatile sire is best known for his barrel racing progeny.

The pretty-headed Flit Bar's legacy had to be written by his get. AQHA photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

In his first foal crop, Flit Bar sired a cutting money earner and a winner of five races. In all, the 1956 chestnut stallion sired five AQHA Champions with winners on the track, in halter and performance classes.

Bred by the legendary Bud Warren of Perry, Oklahoma, Flit Bar should have been a sprinter. By Warren’s Hall of Fame stallion Sugar Bars and out of a match-racing phenom named Flit (who was by Leo and out of a Joe Hancock mare), Flit Bar raced only three times for owner E.L. Gosselin of Edmond, Oklahoma. Known for breaking hard from the gate but being unable to sustain the speed, the disappointing stallion was sold to A.T. Ferree of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Ferree then sold Flit Bar to George Tyler for $1,750. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying on Guard

August 25, 2011

Good equine health care is part of the equation for racetrack success.

Christina Zehender of Fort Jennings, Ohio, one of the new faces and voices of Ulcergard (omeprazole). Photo courtesy of Merial

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

For American Quarter Horse breeder, racing enthusiast and barrel racer Christina Zehender of Fort Jennings, Ohio, the proof is in the racetrack payout. But the cash might have remained on the table had it not been for her willingness to give a promising 4-year-old one more chance.

Christina’s gelding, Quickflyin Elin, bolted out of the gate as a 2-year-old, finishing his inaugural year on the track with a win by more than two lengths at the Buckeye Futurity. But as a 3-year-old, “Eli” didn’t seem to be quite as good. Read the rest of this entry »

Recognition Where It’s Due

August 24, 2011

No matter where you are, you can follow the Adequan Select World Championship Show online.

For insight on all of the fun and excitement at the Adequan Select World, follow the Journal at the World coverage on www.aqha.com/selectworld. Journal photo.

Whether you’re at home, abroad or in Amarillo, you can catch all of the action at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo August 28 – September 3 at www.aqha.com/selectworld.

The Adequan Select World website has everything you’ll need during the event: free live video feed, competitor resources and Journal at the World coverage of the show, courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Take a look at few of the competitor resources on the Adequan Select World website:

  • Competitor’s bio form
  • Working orders
  • Judges list
  • Host hotels
  • RV reservation forms
  • Qualifier’s handbook

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The Youth “Look”

August 24, 2011

Put the right outfit together for the youth arena.

Teal and silver have become very popular colors. Journal photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Youth riders can be a tough. They are constantly growing, and the styles and designs older riders wear can sometimes be too much for young competitors. Keep in mind these few tips when dressing for youth classes: Read the rest of this entry »

Guess That Horse

August 23, 2011

AQHA’s Guess That Horse Contest, sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum , takes place Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT!

Who could this Quarter Horse be?

Welcome to Guess That Horse.

Today’s winner receives a print reproduction of An American Icon by Steve Devenyns. This is the signature piece

in the 2011 America's Horse in

Art Show and Sale. This prize was graciously donated by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

When the contest is live, 11

hints and the picture of the horse 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 beautiful prize. Read the rest of this entry »