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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 »

Journal Special Offer

December 22, 2014

For a limited time, get two years of The American Quarter Horse Journal for the price of one.


Give the gift of great reading with our Journal 2 for 1 special.

In time for the holidays, purchase a two-year subscription to The American Quarter Horse Journal for the price of one. That’s just $25 for two years of great reading.

Not only will you get two years of the award-winning Journal delivered to you, you’ll also get access to the digital Journal with enhanced features and bonus content, including videos and additional photos. The digital edition is easily accessible from your laptop or tablet.

Order your two-year subscription today.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 22, 2014

Here are a few fun extras to get you in the holiday spirit.

Christmas Wimpy by Allison Grayson

Wimpy is all decked out for Christmas at AQHA Headquarters. SHARE THIS PHOTO ON FACEBOOK! Photo by Allison Grayson.

Daily is taking a break from posting from December 22 through January 2, but we’ll be back after New Year’s.

We wish you all a magical Christmas season and a happy new year. And we look forward to providing you with a new year full of great tips!

There are quite a few horses in AQHA’s registry with Christmas-related names. Here are a few:

  • Merry Christmas
  • Rudolph Red
  • Snowangel 229
  • Candy Cane Baby
  • Snowbaby Girl
  • Sugar Plum Annie
  • Snowball Cody
  • Fruit Cake
  • Abominable Kid
  • Snowball’s Chance
  • Deck The Halls
  • Snowed In
  • Fa La La
  • Snowflake Cowboy
  • Elf Assault
  • Snowman Doc Bar
  • Reindeer Zippin
  • Snowman
  • Santa’s Helper
  • White Christmas
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We Are Thankful For All of You

November 25, 2014

In the spirit of being thankful, AQHA and America’s Horse Daily would like to thank our wonderful fans, members and readers for joining us in our love and appreciation of the American Quarter Horse.

We’ll be taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we hope most of you can do the same. Our Daily articles will reappear next Monday!

In the meantime, to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit, we’ve gathered some favorite recipes for you to try out. Just add turkey!

If you’d like to try out our recipes, click on each one for an enlarged view that’s perfect for printing. We hope you enjoy, and we wish you and your family a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

corn and oysters

Editor In Chief of The American Quarter Horse Journal Becky Newell loves this corn and oyster recipe as something to munch on while the turkey cooks. Journal photo.


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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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