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Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2015

In honor of Thanksgiving, America’s Horse Daily is taking the week off. In the meantime, tell us what you’re thankful for!

TurkeyBitsAmerica’s Horse Daily and AQHA wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you’ll take a moment out of your busy schedule and tell us on social media what you’re grateful for this year.

We’re grateful for all of our fans and readers who follow our posts and newsletters. We will resume our schedule on November 30.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with extra time to spend with your favorite friends, family and horses!

See you next week.

Horsey Halloween Stories

October 5, 2015

Read some famous haunted horse stories this Halloween.


Thank you to our AQHA readers for sharing their horsey Halloween costumes. This Headless Horseman was inspired by the infamous character of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Halloween. Happy Halloween!

The tradition of the ghost story, of the uncanny and the supernatural interacting with the concrete world, has been a pillar of Halloween celebrations across many cultures.

Stories shared in the quiet darkness, around a fire or huddled together with friends and family is continually a favorite among people of all ages.

In honor of our horse-loving friends, we have compiled a short list of famous horsey Halloween stories to be shared during this years festivities.

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From Barrels to Bulldogging

August 4, 2015

He may be relatively new to the sport, but this steer-wrestling horse works overtime to get the job done.

By Mary McCashin for

Tyler Waguespack and Wranglers Gold Man at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. Mary McCashin photo

Tyler Waguespack and Wranglers Gold Man at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo. Mary McCashin photo

Wranglers Gold Man catches your eye the moment you spot him. The compact palomino gelding is nothing but muscle, and 24-year-old Tyler Waguespack couldn’t be prouder of his No. 1 steer-wrestling mount.

“We got him about two years ago,” Tyler says. “A friend of ours back home in Gonzales, Louisiana, found him for us actually. He was originally trained to be a barrel horse, but he was having trouble with the first barrel.

“When we went to try him, they told us he was 8. We got there, and suddenly he was 12. We bought him, and his papers said he was 14. He ages faster than any horse I’ve had!”

Tyler clicked with the palomino, though, and started working on what he himself says was a crazy plan.

“I got this crazy idea to try to make him into a bulldogging horse,” he says, “and it has just worked out great. I think he has finally found what he loves.”

The gelding is 17 now and has been on the pro rodeo circuit full-time since March. Wranglers Gold Man helped five steer wrestlers at the recent Cheyenne Frontier Days make it back to the short round in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“I won’t let more than five guys ride him in a day,” Tyler said then. “Today is his hardest day of work. I usually don’t like to let more than three ride him. With the steers here getting that 30-foot start, he’s in high demand. I hate telling people ‘no,’ but his best interest is my No. 1 priority.”

The flashy, mannerly gelding is actually quite the easy keeper.

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Giving and Taking

August 3, 2015

This young steer-wrestling horse is known as needy, but he also gives his all in the arena.

By Mary McCashin for

Paul Melvin and Duke W Goldseeker at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Mary McCashin photo

Paul Melvin and Duke W Goldseeker at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Mary McCashin photo

It’s not uncommon for a steer wrestler to put anywhere from six to 10 months on a young horse before taking him out on the road. However, that was not the case for rookie Paul Melvin and his stout mount, 6-year-old Duke W Goldseeker.

“Duke” is by King W Goldseeker, a grandson of Three Bars (TB), and is out of Sin City Hazzie by Sin City Zan.

Duke came to be in Paul’s life via Cudd Quarter Horses, LLC in Woodward, Oklahoma.

“He was originally trained to be a team-roping horse by my friend, but Duke is not that easy to get along with. I decided to try him and see how we got along. I only put about three months on him before I started hauling him. I just had so much confidence in him. He has really excelled; I think we’ve found his niche in life.”

It could be said the sorrel gelding is needy, to say the least.

“A lot of people think he’s just obnoxious as all get out, but he just really likes people and loves attention,” Paul says. “He wants you to pay attention to him all the time.”

Ironically enough, the 1,200-pound horse is scared to death of certain horses and gets picked on constantly.

“He has a buddy, and he has to have his buddy or he’d get the crap beaten out of him all the time. He has no reason to be afraid, but he lets some horses push him around and steal his food. I have to be really careful about who I put him with,” Paul says. “He puts up this big, tough front, but he’s actually a gentle giant.”

When he’s on the road, Paul takes steps to keep Duke in the best shape possible, giving him special feed and supplements.

The young gelding excelled at the recent Cheyenne (Wyoming) Frontier Days rodeo. After torrential downpour earlier in the week doused the arena, Duke helped Paul clock a 12.2-second run, in mud almost up to the gelding’s knees. He put more seasoned horses to shame.

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High-Speed Horsemanship

July 19, 2015

Meet a drill team that was part of the entertainment at Breyerfest.

By Andrea Caudill

Being on a drill team takes coordination - and lots of practice. Photo by Andrea Caudill

Being on a drill team takes coordination – and lots of practice. Check out the slideshow below for more photos from Breyerfest. Photo by Andrea Caudill

The Young Guns 4-H Drill Team has won more than a dozen national and regional championships in drill competition, and it takes only moments of watching a performance to realize why.

At a sparkling gallop, the team members and their horses – many of which are American Quarter Horses – move flawlessly from maneuver to maneuver, weaving between each other, moving in tandem, doing pinwheels and trick riding, all while carrying the American flag.

At the end of their performance at Breyerfest, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the crowd cheered as they galloped out of the arena while doing full stands on their horses’ backs.

It’s all part of the entertainment at Breyerfest, a celebration of equines centered around Breyer Model Horses. The event, held July 17-19, is the biggest event by ticket sales at the Horse Park.

The Young Guns 4-H Drill Team ( began in 1999 and is led by head coach Joyce Voet. There are 15-20 members on the team, which includes both 4-H youth and alumni who came up through the program but still enjoy the sport. The team is based in Boone County, Kentucky.

Among the Quarter Horses on the team are Stars Last Bett (Bett Ohio (TB)-Stars Empressives by Empressives Kin), DD Skeeter Lena (Jak Mr Leo Skeet 110-Joke O Lena by Just Another Joker), Cee Andys Booger Run (Flyn B Sugar Candy-Sweet Ratlin Hickory by Cee Bars Rattler), Pocos Sundance (Bandolero De Poco-Skippers Otoebar by Skippa Rickashay) and Otoes Peppy Ray (Peppy Bonita Rey-Miss Otoe Blondie by Mr Otoe Shadow).

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Viva la Breyerfest

July 17, 2015

This annual gathering celebrates everything equine.

By Andrea Caudill

Seeing experienced sidesaddle riders was just one of the horsey attractions at the 2015 Breyerfest. Andrea Caudill photo.

Seeing experienced sidesaddle riders was just one of the horsey attractions at the 2015 Breyerfest. Andrea Caudill photo.

The Kentucky Horse Park, located in Lexington, Kentucky, is a key destination for horse lovers of all types. But did you know that the No. 1 event at the equine mecca, by ticket sales, is Breyerfest? This annual celebration, held every July, offers not only the world of Breyer Model Horses, but also an equine entertainment extravaganza.

This year’s event theme is “Viva la France,” and walking in, guests were greeted with French-themed jugglers and acrobats. There are so many activities offered during the event, it would require days to get through them all.

Breyer model horses are, of course, the center. There is shopping everywhere, as well as special edition models produced only for the event. Famous guest horses have their likeness recreated in plastic; guests can meet the horse in person and then take home their model. For example, two years ago, Lyle Lovett’s golden American Quarter Horse reiner Smart N Shiney was the guest of honor.

Breyer has rolled out a special-edition model to celebrate AQHA’s 75th anniversary in 2015. Order yours today and use Promo Code 75BREYER to donate a portion of the proceeds to the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Other activities include such family-friendly activities as arts and crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, live horse demonstrations and, of course, the Horse Park itself.

One of the equine teams entertaining the guests at Breyerfest was the American Quarter Horse mare Shy Lopin Asset and owner Samantha Peterson.

They bay mare, known as “Pixie,” traces to American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members like The Investor, Zippo Pine Bar and Doc Bar, and is an all-around good horse, according to her owner. Pixie competes as a show jumper and steps up for whatever events Samantha needs her for.

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Hittin’ the Trails at the AQHA 75th Celebration

July 2, 2015

Take a look at these photos from picturesque Eminence, Missouri, at the AQHA 75th Anniversary Celebration.

Eminence July 2By Tara Matsler, AQHA Internet editor

The week-long AQHA 75th Anniversary Celebration is underway in Eminence, Missouri.

Hosted by Cross Country Trail Rides, the week is packed with activities like swimming, fishing, concerts, dances and the largest fireworks display in the area. Attendees have been hitting the trails – 300 miles of forested and riverside trails, to be exact.

On July 2, riders took a stab at the AQHA Trail Challenge course, with assistance from Teresa Kackert and Christy Landwehr, AQHA Professional Horsewomen and Certified Horsemanship Association instructors who traveled from California and Colorado for the event. The Trail Challenge competition is set for July 3 and offers both Quarter Horse and All-Breeds divisions, as well as levels for training, intermediate and master horsemen. Read the rest of this entry »

AQHYA Mascot to Replace Snuffy

April 1, 2015

“Sesame Street” curves into the horse world as an American Quarter Horse takes the place of Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Two Bits will join the Sesame Street team in an alliance aimed at educating children about horses

Two Bits will join the “Sesame Street” team in an alliance aimed at educating children about horses.

By Annise Montplaisir, spring 2015 AQHA intern

Of all the popular children’s shows in the United States, one stands above the rest. “Sesame Street” debuted in 1969, and most people in America – and even around the world – can recite the words to the theme song:

“Can you tell me how to get … how to get to …” You know the rest.

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St. Paddy’s Day

March 16, 2015

Got a “lucky” horse? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, share your horse’s AQHA registered name!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We at AQHA hope you’re enjoying this happy holiday with your favorite American Quarter Horse.

Just for fun, we dug up some St. Paddy’s Day-themed registered Quarter Horse names from our database. But we also want to hear your Quarter Horse’s St. Patricks Day-themed name. Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

St. Paddy’s Day Themed Names

Kiss Me Im Irish

Paddys Irish Whiskey

Sham Rocket

Irish Accent

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Growing Up With Horses

February 10, 2015

We polled AQHA members and friends to learn their favorite things about growing up with horses.

We asked Facebook fans to tell us the best things about growing up with horses. We got some great responses!

We asked Facebook fans to tell us the best things about growing up with horses. We got some great responses!

By Jody Reynolds, AQHA manager of online/interactive communications

Something almost magical happens when you pair a child and an American Quarter Horse. If you were lucky enough to be one of those kids who grew up with horses, you probably have a long list of reasons you’re thankful for the experience.

As a youngster, I had no idea how fortunate I was to have a selection of American Quarter Horses in my back yard and a dad who took me trail riding every weekend. It was probably middle school when it dawned on me: my school friends always wanted to come over to our house and mess with the horses. Why? Because horses are the things that little girls’ dreams are made of. Because they enjoyed the amazing experience of interacting with these gentle, loving creatures. My friends were living out their dreams, one Saturday afternoon at a time!

I quickly learned how lucky I really was.

Growing up with horses instilled in me a love for animals. It gave me respect for the awesome power of an 1,100 pound animal that is capable of leaping tall fences yet kind enough to listen to the gentle nudges of a kid whose legs don’t make it past the saddle pad.

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2014

As we ring in another new year, let’s look back at the top-15 stories of 2014 on America’s Horse Daily.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from America’s Horse Daily!

Happy New Year from America’s Horse Daily!

America’s Horse Daily wishes you, your family and — of course — your American Quarter Horses a happy new year filled with countless wonderful horse adventures.

As we reflect on 2014, let’s glance back at some of the most-visited posts:

  1. Grass Founder: Dr. Tom Lenz taught us how to prevent laminitis in our horses. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 22, 2014

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