September 2011

Seven Times a Champion

September 30, 2011

Annie Reynolds claims her seventh NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity non-pro championship with a homebred mare.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Anne Reynolds and Smart Magic Trick turn a cow on the fence.

Anne Reynolds and Smart Magic Trick turn a cow on the fence September 30 in the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity non-pro finals. (Journal photo) Scroll to the slide show below for more photos from the Snaffle Bit.

The 2011 Snaffle Bit Futurity wasn’t Annie Reynolds’ first rodeo. In fact, it wasn’t even her first Snaffle Bit, let alone her first win. But it was still special to the seven-time champion.

In 1998, Annie won her first National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity with Magical Lena. On September 30, Annie won again with a daughter of Magical Lena, Smart Magic Trick, a homebred by Annie’s stallion Very Smart Remedy.

Smart Magic Trick is a 2009 sorrel mare owned Read the rest of this entry »

Undefeated

September 30, 2011

Million-dollar sire Topsail Cody died undefeated.

As a sire, Topsail Cody surpassed even his own performance record. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

In 1980, reining trainer Bob Loomis qualified three horses to the finals of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

The leader going in had to be Topsail Cody. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases With Fall Vaccinations

September 29, 2011

Is there standing water around your farm?

Horse in pasture

Pfizer Animal Health is strongly encouraging horse owners and veterinarians to follow the AAEP guidelines for vaccinations against mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile. Journal photo.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Pfizer

Unusual weather patterns have recently had devastating consequences on regions across the country, from severe flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene and other tropical storms, to catastrophic droughts and wildfires across the Southwest. Read the rest of this entry »

Cowboys Make or Break in Omaha

September 28, 2011

Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Justin Boots Championships in Omaha help set the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo field with big payouts.

By Kellie Carr

Jerrad Hofstetter ropes at Omaha.

Jerrad Hoffstetter ropes his way into the WNFR. (PRCA photo by Kerri Allardyce.)

For a rodeo cowboy, making the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the ultimate goal. It’s not only a dream come true – it’s the difference between making money on the year and breaking even. And when only 15 in each event get to go, the competition heats up big time.

So when it comes down to the last weekend of the season, the rodeo with the second-largest payout in the world can make or break a season. A qualification to Omaha, Nebraska, could be a cowboy or cowgirl’s ticket to the NFR, or give one a lead on a gold buckle. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

The competition format at Omaha Read the rest of this entry »

Guess That Horse

September 28, 2011

AQHA’s Guess That Horse contest is closed. This week’s contest was sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Journal. Be sure to join us every Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT for another round of Guess That Horse!

Guess That Horse Sept 28, 2011

Who could this handsome Quarter Horse be?

Welcome to Guess That Horse.

Today’s winner will receive a one year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal, sponsored by the Journal.

The contest will start at 1 p.m. CDT. At that time the photo and first hint of that round of Guess That Horse will start.

When the contest is live, 11 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.

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Hint #1: This American Quarter Horse was a sorrel stallion.

Hint #2: This Quarter Horse was foaled in 1979.

Hint #3: This American Quarter Horse earned 93 AQHA lifetime open points.

Hint #4: Every time this Quarter Horse was shown in pleasure driving he won.

Hint #5: This American Quarter Horse stallion had 27 AQHA lifetime hunter under saddle points.

Hint #6: This sorrel Quarter Horse’s last show was July 10, 1983 where he won western riding.

Hint #7: This American Quarter Horse earned 55 lifetime open western pleasure points.

Hint #8: This Quarter Horse stallion has 125 registered foals.

Hint #9: Sixteen of his foals have performed, earning 53 points in nine divisions.

Hint #10: This American Quarter Horse was top ten at the AQHA World Championship Show in 2-year-old stallions.

Final Hint: This Quarter Horse’s maternal grandsire is Poco Coop.

Congratulations Katie for correctly guessing Mr Poco Straw as this week’s Guess That Horse. Mr Poco Straw sadly passed away September 26, 2002, nine year ago this past Monday.

Healing Horses

September 28, 2011

It was a big – but rewarding – responsibility to write a story for the October America’s Horse magazine about a program that uses horses to help returning military members with physical and emotional wounds.

By Andrea Caudill

On the grounds of the Air Force Academy. James Emmert photo.

Whenever I have one of Those Days – the busy, stress-headache-inducing ones – my favorite remedy is heading to the barn. The specific therapy changes – maybe a good ride, barn chores or just watching the horses graze – but all result in my slowing down physically and mentally, letting myself relax, laugh and lighten my heart.

I think most horse people can attest to that feeling, and that is the basis for my story, “Checking Fences,” the cover story of the October 2011 America’s Horse magazine. The story is about the U.S. Air Force Academy Equestrian Center’s “Warrior Wellness” program, which uses horses to help military personnel heal from mental and physical wounds resulting from their service. It serves a therapeutic purpose for both the soldiers and their families, and also offers vocational training for those desiring a new career.

The Colorado Springs-based Equestrian Center is an entirely self-sufficient operation headed by Billy Jack Barrett, with the able assistance of Robert Templin and Jeanne Springer and a handful of other part-time employees.

I was honored to be able to write this story to highlight people who are making a difference. My personal experience with military service is limited – my father served in the Air Force – but my respect for those who serve is not. What I found when I arrived at the Equestrian Center was a small group of people focused on giving back to people who have given so much.

I had visited with Billy Jack before, as we share a common interest of racing American Quarter Horses, and I knew he and his wife spent their lifetimes making the world a better place by raising a group of biological and adopted children. It was a privilege to meet him in person. With an easy smile and the doff of his hat, he was the very picture of a gentleman cowboy. Jeanne Springer is a kind, soft-spoken women with a lifetime of experience in the military and a close knowledge of what those families go through. Robert Templin is a get-things-done kind of guy with a ready smile and a desire to give back.

Become an AQHA member to enjoy more heart-warming stories like this in America’s Horse, the official AQHA member publication. We love to tell stories about the talents and diversity of the American Quarter Horse – and also provide health and training tips that make your time with your horse more enjoyable.

Cover boy Jacob Legendre is one of the soldiers who has gone through the program and has gone through two decades of (to my eyes) nearly unimaginable hell in serving his country. I doubt he’d label himself as such, but I will say unequivocally that Jacob is a hero. As he told his story, I was struck by his bravery – his courage not only as a soldier, but also telling his story to a stranger without shying from the painful parts. When he talked about his military career, the surgeries and the pain he has endured, his voice was businesslike and matter-of-fact. When he talked about the friends and family he has lost, his voice became gruff and strained. When he talked about working with the horses, and when he talked about his son, his voice lightened and slowed down. That is the power the horses have to help, to be that calming presence we horse people know so well.

I think Jacob would be the first to say that he’s not looking for attention; his is one of countless tales of courage from our military members, and he told his story in an effort to help the people and program that have helped him. No longer able to fight on the battlefield, it seems he has reformed his personal mission to helping his fellow soldiers heal. He believes in the program and actively recruits others into it. Above all, despite all the things he has seen and done, and all the sacrifices he has made, he continues to give back.

Billy Jack Barrett, left, visits with AQHA's Andrea Caudill. James Emmert photo.

It was appropriate that most of the interviews for this story were conducted on horseback, checking fences. We threw a leg over a few good American Quarter Horses and headed out through the spectacular Colorado mountains to ride fences and talk about the program. It was obvious that all of these people care to the bone, and they all share a sense of purpose and a desire to serve. It is inspiring and humbling, all at the same time.

I was very moved by their story and wrote it in my head as I headed home, driving south on Interstate 25. When I got back to the office, I turned the story into reality. Transcribing hours of interviews, then writing and reading the story, I cried several times for the sacrifice and the strength and the hope for good this program represents. I doubt I’ll be the only one to do so.

If you have a comment, feel free to email me at acaudill@aqha.org, or post below. I’ll make sure that any applicable comments are forwarded to the folks involved.

In the meantime, there aren’t words in the world that can show adequate appreciation for the sacrifice of Jacob, of other military members who have served or are currently serving, and their families. To all of you, I simply say: Thank you.

Tips From the Trail Man

September 28, 2011

Tim the Trail Man’s first four tips for trail mechanics.

Use Tim's tips to help you through your next trail course. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Tim Kimura has been designing trail courses since he was a young boy growing up in Reedley, California.

He is now on the road weekly designing and setting courses at shows and putting on clinics to educate newcomers to trail. That’s how he earned the nickname that he sports proudly on his ball cap: “The Trail Man .” Read the rest of this entry »

News Roundup

September 27, 2011

There’s a new NRHA $1 million sire, entries are announced for the $100,000-added NRHA Open World Championship Shootout, the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza wraps up and more.

Josh Weakly and Friendswithbenefits

Josh Weakly and Friendswithbenefits (Fearles x Leas Secret x The Top Secret), bred by Donna Davis of Uniontown, Alabama, won the amateur weanling fillies class at the first Breeders Cup Halter Futurity in Des Moines, Iowa. (Journal photo).

New Million Dollar Sire

Rowdy Yankee was recently named the National Reining Horse Association’s newest $1 million sire, with current offspring earnings of $1,000,382.

Rowdy Yankee, bred by Keith Crawford Farms of Howell, Michigan, is a son of NRHA $5 million sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Nita Chex (Ready Chex-Pinenita by Peponita). The 17-year-old stallion, owned by Rowdy Partners, was the 1997 NRHA Futurity non-pro champion and limited non-pro reserve champion with Keith Crawford. The bay stallion has more than $84,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings.

Rowdy Yankee’s leading offspring include: Hollywood Yankee Kid ($91,490 NRHA LTE), Big League Yankee ($74,810 NRHA LTE), Strike Em Out ($58,490 NRHA LTE), Hes At Bat ($51,500 NRHA LTE), Yankee Bambino ($44,890 NRHA LTE), Blazing In Black ($43,630 NRHA LTE) and Big Papi ($40,890 NRHA LTE).

Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Region Two All Around Winners

September 27, 2011

The AQHA Region Two ends 2011 with numbers up from 2010. 

A leadline exhibitor and her mother at the 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship in Rapid City, South Dakota.

There was fun for all at the 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship in Rapid City, South Dakota. Scroll down for the Journal slide show and all-around winners.

By far the highlight of any Regional Championship is when the Markel Insurance-sponsored all-around award Tex Tan saddle winners are announced. It came down to the last horsemanship class for many of the awards at the 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship – see the list of winners below.

The last Regional Championship of the year, Region Two finished with more entries than it had in 2010 – by show’s end they were at 1,560, unofficially, according to White Horse Show Management, Albion, Nebraska.

“Everything really came together,” says Todd Iszler of Bismarck, North Dakota. “I didn’t expect this much of an entry increase. I think last year we had about 1,100.” Todd  served as co-Chair of the Region Two Committee with Jo Waldner of Brookings, South Dakota.

The biggest challenge facing the committee this year, Todd says, was adding in the AQHA double-judged pointed show. The total entry count includes the Region Two and AQHA pointed shows combined.

“We need to tweak the schedule,” he says. “I don’t know if you can ever make the perfect schedule, timing-wise. This year in the reining and the trail, the numbers grew incredibly and we had them on the same day. You never know. It is a huge show.

“But I’ve had more and more people say that having the pointed show, being able to do two events at the same time, was one of the reasons they came.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Second Career for Hunter Under Saddle Horses

September 27, 2011

From the rail to over the poles, teach your flat horse to become a hunter.

Take the leap and teach your hunter under saddle horse to jump. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Take the leap!

Learn to jump!

It could be good for your horse – and good for you. At least that’s what AQHA judge and Professional Horseman David Warner says. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Switzerland and Germany

September 26, 2011

Amy Heartfield, AQHA’s international intern, returns to Texas after finishing up the last two horsemanship clinic camps in Germany and Switzerland.

The Sam Houston State University horsemanship clinic team poses at the Stocker Hof Ranch in Germany. Photo by Amy Heartfield.

By AQHA International Intern Amy Heartfield

Howdy from Texas!

I am finally home after finishing up the last two camps in Switzerland and Germany with the horsemanship clinic team from Sam Houston State University.

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Congress Time

September 26, 2011

The All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, is more than just the largest single breed open show – it’s a whole lot of fun.

Laura Schoeller mimics a jockey's winning stance as she receives a standing ovation for her freestyle reining routine at the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress on Pickup Chic. (Journal photo).

It’s almost that time of the year again: Congress time. The All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, is right around the corner – October 7-30 to be exact.

Before Congress gets here, there are some things that you should know. To help you out, The American Quarter Horse Journal has compiled a quick guide: