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It’s Time to Fall Back!

October 31, 2014

It’s that time of year, whether we like it or not.

As daylight saving time comes to and end for the year, its time for your clocks to fall back one hour

As daylight saving time comes to an end for the year, it’s time for your clocks to “fall back” one hour. Photo courtesy of Andrea Bayer

As we get farther into fall and closer to the approaching winter, it can mean a number of things for a number of people. While we can’t name all of the things the change of seasons brings, here are a few we think you’ll relate to:

First of all, the closer we get to winter, the closer we get to the AQHA World Championship Show. It starts on November 7, so be sure to check out the live feed all the way through November 22 so you don’t miss anything.

Secondly, it’s time to start preparing your horse for winter weather, if you haven’t already begun to. There was a great article about preparing for winter in the October issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal. If you missed that one, don’t worry. You can still access last month’s issue online – and make sure you look at the brand-new November issue while you’re at it!

Lastly, it’s time to turn those clocks back. That’s right; daylight saving time is coming to an end for the year. The lack of daylight in the evening is inevitable, whether you’re prepared for it or not. (According to our recent “poll” on Facebook, most of you prefer having your daylight in the evening as opposed to in the morning. Many of you said this is because you prefer to ride in the evenings.) Here are some fast facts about daylight saving time:

  • This year’s daylight saving time started on March 9 and ends this Sunday, November 2, at 2 a.m. (So set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday night!)
  • In springtime, when daylight saving time begins, we “spring forward” one hour.
  • In autumn, when daylight saving time ends, we “fall back” one hour. (So everybody who observes it gets an extra hour of sleep!)
  • Daylight saving time was started for a reason true to its name – simply to have more daylight in the evening hours. This was for a number of reasons – recreational, conservational and economic to name a few.

If you’re sad about losing that extra hour of light at the end of your day, just think about all the good things this time of year brings with it. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and there are just under eight weeks until Christmas. Better start your shopping!

 

 

Why Are YOU AQHA Proud?

October 28, 2014

AQHA’s fall 2014 publications intern shares why she is AQHA Proud.

Tell us why YOU are AQHA Proud and you could be featured in an upcoming advertising campaign.

Tell us why YOU are AQHA Proud, and you could be featured in an upcoming advertising campaign.

By AQHA Online Communications and Publications Intern Laura Clarke

If you haven’t heard yet, AQHA is having an essay contest. We’re asking you to share why you’re AQHA Proud. Then we’ll choose multiple winners to feature in an upcoming advertising campaign. (Find out how to enter by the November 21 deadline.)

I decided to do some soul-searching and share why I’m AQHA Proud, too.

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Horses in the Height of Football Season

October 10, 2014

If you’re not just a horse fan but also a football fan, you’ll love these football-related Quarter Horse names.

superbowl-twobits-300x249What do you picture when you think of fall? Many of you probably think of the AQHA world shows, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress or the recent Level 1 (Novice) Championships. Many think of trail rides and watching autumn-colored leaves falling from the trees. You think of cozy, hooded sweatshirts, bonfires with roasted marshmallows for making s’mores, and trips to the local pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect future Jack-o-lantern.

What else does fall bring with it? Football, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Back in the Classroom Again

September 9, 2014

Now that the back-to-school hype is over and everyone has settled into their classrooms, let’s take a look at some fun school-related Quarter Horse names.

TwoBitsThanks!It’s a rite of passage endured by parents, students and teachers alike: back-to-school season. While shopping for all the necessities for a new school year can be exhausting, it’s still an exciting time that we all somewhat look forward to, whether we admit it or not!

We at AQHA hope your back-to-school season is off to a great start and that you’ve settled into your school-year routine gracefully. We looked up some scholarly Quarter Horse names to help Read the rest of this entry »

Quirky Things Only Horse People Do

July 24, 2014

AQHA Facebook fans shared their responses to the question, “What quirky things do only horse people do?”

What quirky things do you do as a rider? AQHA Facebook fans chimed in with their answers. Journal photo

What quirky things do you do as a rider? AQHA Facebook fans chimed in with their answers. Share this post on Facebook to keep the conversation going!Journal photo

Compiled by Summer 2014 AQHA Online Communications and Publications Intern Jordan Lassonde

Have you ever gotten strange looks for something you’ve done that you realize later only riders would do or understand?

We asked ourselves what quirky things horse riders do and came up with a few ideas, like wearing new tall boots out to dinner, holding extension cords like a lead rope and pocketing peppermints from restaurants for the next horse you’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

Eccentric Quarter Horse Names

July 2, 2014

Get a laugh out of these American Quarter Horse names and perhaps some inspiration for naming your next Quarter Horse.

This list of American Quarter Horse names is certainly worth a laugh or two. Photo courtesy of AQHA Facebook fan Jason Coldiron.

This list of American Quarter Horse names is certainly worth a laugh or two. Photo courtesy of AQHA Facebook fan Jason Coldiron.

You never know what people will come up with. We asked our co-workers in the AQHA Registration Department to share some of their favorite American Quarter Horse names, and we’ve come up with this silly list. Some are cute, some are clever, and some are just plain hilarious. Enjoy!

  • Monica Bluewinsky
  • Eye Candy
  • Fishin and Wishin
  • Dun Bein Knotty

What Is the American Quarter Horse to You?

July 2, 2014

AQHA fans responded with what they consider the American Quarter Horse to be.

What is the American Quarter Horse to you? AQHA Facebook fans shared their answers. Journal photo.

What is the American Quarter Horse to you? AQHA Facebook fans shared their answers. Journal photo.

A couple of weeks ago we asked our AQHA Facebook fans to fill in the blank: An American Quarter Horse is _________. Many of you answered that your American Quarter Horse is your best friend. But what else is an American Quarter Horse? Let’s see what you had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Behind the Scenes of Horse Showing

June 6, 2014

See how Awards Recognition Concepts evolved from a “garage start-up” company behind AQHA headquarters into a successful awards and trophies business.

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Chances are, your beloved horse trophy came from ARC, an awards and trophies company located near AQHA headquarters in Amarillo. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Even in tough economies, successful businesses still find ways to grow. And if that growth also includes a decrease in expenses, then that’s even better.

“It’s part of AQHA’s business process to look at best business practices,” says Jody Stoddard, AQHA senior director of human resources and operations. “We looked at how we were processing internal and external awards and decided to bring that in-house because we could do it more efficiently and at the best price.”

And with that, Awards Recognition Concepts was launched in October 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Because of the Moms

May 9, 2014

In honor of this Mother’s Day, see why your mom is the reason you successfully mother an American Quarter Horse.

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We learn even the most basic of skills from our mothers, no matter what the species. Journal photo.

By Spring 2014 AQHA Intern Malee Powell

We might often credit our success with horses to the trainers and horse people in our lives, but chances are, you’re a good mom to your American Quarter Horse because of the woman who raised you. Sure, to be a good horseman, you need professional guidance and lessons. But more than likely, your own mom is the reason you are a successful Quarter Horse owner.

We can thank our moms for these seemingly basic skills: Read the rest of this entry »

A Happy Easter for All

April 18, 2014

Kick start your Easter celebration by looking through our list of super-fun, Easter-themed American Quarter Horse names.

Even one Hall of Fame American Quarter Horse has an Easter-themed name: Black Easter Bunny! Journal photo.

Hall of Fame American Quarter Horse Black Easter Bunny is just one example of a Quarter Horse with an Easter-themed name. Journal photo.

By Spring 2014 AQHA Intern Malee Powell

Ah, Easter.

For kids, Easter can be a day of searching for the coveted, candy-filled eggs around the yard or sitting in the lap of a giant “bunny” at the mall.

I remember battling my brother in hunts around our yard. Unlike most kids, we tended to zip by the eggs filled with peanut-butter cups and Nerds in search of the real treasure: eggs with money. Though few and far between, our parents stuffed the occasional egg with change and sometimes even a dollar bill or two! At the time, that seemed like a large sum of money that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Read the rest of this entry »

American Quarter Horse Journal Sweepstakes

April 2, 2014

Win a one-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal with the click of a mouse.

Enter to win a one year subscription to the American Quarter Horse Journal a magazine loaded with horse related information from the industrys leading experts

Enter to win a one-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal, a magazine loaded with horse-related information from the industry’s leading experts.

Anyone can enter The American Quarter Horse Journal sweepstakes onAQHA’s Facebook page. Simply like AQHA’s  page and enter your name and email address.

Five winners will be chosen after Friday, April 18. International winners will receive a digital-only subscription, which includes access to the online editions and the free iOS and Android apps. Winners from the United States will receive a year of print editions, as well as access to the digital and app versions. Read the rest of this entry »

Quarter Horses in the Spotlight

April 1, 2014

The Academy of Country Music Awards will feature more than celebrities this year.

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Quarter Horses will play an important roll in this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. They’ll carry the stars to the stage to accept their awards. Share this photo on Facebook! Journal photo.

By Malee Powell, Spring 2014 AQHA Intern

American Quarter Horses are no strangers to the limelight, but they’re about to enter the music scene in a new way. AQHA announced today that America’s favorite horse will soon be stepping onto the award-show stage, with the debut occurring this Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

In this year’s show, Quarter Horses have a special role.

“Each award winner will ride up on a Quarter Horse to accept their award,” the ACM Awards spokeswoman said. “And if the winners aren’t comfortable with that, we’ll put them on poop duty for the duration of the event before connecting them with an AQHA Professional Horseman - or woman – for a remedial lesson at a later date.” Read the rest of this entry »