The Rundown

Those #AQHAProud Moments

June 25, 2014

What makes you a proud owner of an American Quarter Horse? AQHA’s Tara Matsler rounds up of some of your #AQHAProud moments.

TC Lena and Tara Christiansen MatslerBy Tara Matsler, AQHA Internet editor

“Sit up taller,” I can still hear my dad saying, coaching me to master his ideal horsemanship posture.

Try as I might, I never could quite reach his standard of elongation from hip to cowboy hat. It’s possible my aptitude to slump was tied to my introverted disposition, both in and out of the saddle. And while I greatly enjoyed competing in all-around events, major success in any one of them felt like that elusive rainbow I was always trying to catch.

But when I turned 15, it was liked someone flipped the switch. I had just made the leap to reining and boxing, and with that, my confidence seemed to increase exponentially.

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Celebrate the Horse

March 26, 2013

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum takes a day to celebrate the animal that we all discount levitra purchase love most.

The Dogwood Horse

I snapped a few shots of this little girl lovingly hugging the regal American Quarter Horse statue – the Dogwood Horse – that welcomes you in the museum’s foyer. This perfectly set the tone for my day. (Journal photo) Scroll to the slideshow below for more photos.

Youth are on the forefront of

every horseman’s mind these days. And they rightfully should be. Who else is going to be at the shank of the American Quarter Horse in 20 years? The youth you’re looking at horseback right now are tomorrow’s trainers and future advocates of the horse.

This subject is close to the heart of newly inducted AQHA President Johne Dobbs of Champaign, Illinois, who recalls sitting at her father’s bedside in the days prior to his death. To the people who came to visit, she heard him talk about two things he was proud of: his children and raising “some good horses.” With that in mind, Johne’s cavalry charge in her presidency this year is kids and horses, and that’s why she’s giving the theme of “new horizons” to 2013.

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Quotable Quotes

February 14, 2012

Kick back and enjoy the best quotes from the February issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Jernigan Peake and Johnny Brazil Jr.Have you flipped through the pages of the February 2012 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal? What you’re sure to find in the Journal is a plethora of great quotes on western lifestyles, horse care and training insight, all with one great common thread – the American Quarter Horse.

So kick back and enjoy the best of what the February Journal has to offer:

The Breeders

January 31, 2012

One of the strengths that The American Quarter Horse Journal has is its contacts with American Quarter Horse breeders, and we pack each issue with those contacts.

February 2012 AQHA Journal coverLet’s face it – American Quarter Horse breeders are the lifeblood of this Association. If it wasn’t for a breeder, you wouldn’t be sitting tall and proud aboard that American Quarter Horse you love so much.

The breeders are the horse folks out there making the tough decisions, putting great horseflesh underneath you. Who knows, maybe you’re a breeder, too. Whatever’s the case, The American Quarter Horse Journal loves to introduce these breeders to you.

When you look at horses produced by leading breeders like Rita Crundwell or Carol Rose, do you wonder what the secret is to their success? You’ll find insight to questions like that in the pages of the Journal.

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Go, Matt!

January 23, 2012

AQHA cheers on Matt Budge, winner of the 2011 Battle in the Saddle World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout, as he takes on the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman competition.

Matt Budge and Mr Playinstylish

Cutting trainer Matt Budge of Weatherford, Texas, and Mr Playinstylish earned themselves a paid entry to 2012 NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman competition. (Journal photo)

In July 2011, Matt Budge tried his hand at four events – herd work, steer stopping, rein work and cow work. As a result of hours and hours swinging a rope and the kind of determination that only accompanies a habitual champion, the professional cutter rode off with the 2011 World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout title.

As one of two National Cutting Horse Association entries to the 2011 World’s Great Horseman Shootout, the Weatherford, Texas, cutter faced seven other competitors, who were riding for the American Quarter Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and American Rope Horse Futurity Association.

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News Roundup

January 12, 2012

The show industry says goodbye to great horses, hello to a smartphone app and free medical procedures.

FF Would Ya Look and Justin Ware

FF Would Ya Look captured the performance halter mares world championship at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show with Justin Ware. (Journal photo)

Boyd Rice

While traveling home from a cutting in Abilene, Texas, trainer Boyd Rice of Spearman, Texas, lost control of his truck and trailer on a slick roadway.

Of the trailer-load of horses, Boyd only lost one horse, his famed turn-back horse affectionately known as “Paint.” The 13-year-old gelding died at the scene, which was not far from the Four Sixes Ranch. The show horses in the crash were hauled to the Four Sixes in Guthrie, Texas, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Paint will be buried at the Four Sixes Ranch, near the grave of AQHA racing legend Dash For Cash.

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News Roundup

January 10, 2012

Learn the latest in international showing news from the reined cow horse, halter and reining industries.

Todd Crawford and Play Dual Rey

Todd Crawford was recently named the first NRCHA $2 million rider. (Journal photo)

Todd Crawford

Making history in the National Reined Cow Horse Association show pen recently was Todd Crawford, as he was named the first NRCHA $2 million rider.

The resident of Blanchard, Oklahoma, has earned many titles during his career, including the 2000 AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year. Among his many accomplishments, Todd boasts 10 AQHA world championships. In 2006, Todd and Smart Crackin Chic, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Kwackin by Dual Pep, captured the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.

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Holiday Pounds

December 9, 2011

As you’re counting calories around the holidays, don’t forget to keep your horse’s weight in mind, too.

Chewing the Fat

“We should think about ... the standard of excellence when Orren Mixer painted his model Quarter Horse,” Dr. Messer says of ideal horse weight. (Illustration by Jean Abernethy)

Is your horse’s cinch fitting a little snug this winter? During the winter, your horse might be packing a little bit more than a long winter coat. As you’re making your New Year’s resolutions to fit into that smaller size of Wranglers, don’t forget that your horse might have also added a little padding over the holidays.

In two articles in the December 2011 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal, “Chewing the Fat” and “Stall Confinement,” equine veterinary experts examine the correlation between carbohydrates and exercise, two key issues to keep in mind, especially during winter.

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Back to Aggieland

December 2, 2011

A story in the December issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal takes Internet Editor Tara Christiansen back to Texas A&M University and pairs her with former teammate Carey Nowacek.

Carey Nowacek

In the December Journal, not only will you find Carey Nowacek’s tips on how to construct a bun, but you’ll also find step-by-step photos to help you construct your own tight bun. (Journal photo)

It seems like this year has been horse show after horse show for me, which really isn’t any different from any other year.

However, since I moved to Amarillo in May, my lineup of shows has changed quite a bit. For work (meaning Journal coverage), I was at Battle in the Saddle and the Adequan Select and AQHA world championship shows. For my own enjoyment, I made it to one reined cow horse show. Heck, I’ve even been to a rodeo or two. But there was one particular kind of equine competition that I’d been away from for a few months.

In October, I had the pleasure of making my second trip back to College Station, Texas, since my graduation from Texas A&M University in May.

My trip coincided with the Texas A&M vs. University of Georgia women’s varsity equestrian competition. And that, mainly, was the reason the trip couldn’t be beat.

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AQHA World Show Roundup

November 11, 2011

We’re only halfway through the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show and there’s already a lot to report.

2011 AQHA World Show Logo

Have you been following The American Quarter Horse Journal’s online coverage of the AQHA World Show?

Have you been tuning into the live webcam coverage, sponsored by Pfizer, from the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show?

And have you been following The American Quarter Horse Journal’s online coverage of the event?

If you’re looking for information regarding the AQHA World Show, we’ve got it all in one place:

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Raise Your Own

November 7, 2011

A good question is raised in the November issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal: Why not raise your own show horse?

Halter  Futurity Foal

Do you want to try your hand showing a foal you raised? (Journal photo).

Have you done it? Raised your own show horse, that is. Or have you at least dreamed about it?

In its November issue, The American Quarter Horse Journal rolled out the first article in a periodic series on futurity foals. The series, written by Journal Editor Christine Hamilton, addresses the question, “Why not raise or buy your own futurity foal and have fun showing it?”

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Our Gift to You

November 1, 2011

For the month of November only, any American Quarter Horse enthusiast can enjoy Journal Plus for free.

November 2011 Journal Plus

Read Journal Plus for FREE this month!

Do you look forward to the day each month when The American Quarter Horse Journal arrives in your mailbox? If you’re tired of waiting around, or you just can’t get enough of what the Journal has to say, you need to check out Journal Plus.

Journal Plus is the online bonus magazine to the Journal, and for this month only, anyone can read the November issue of Journal Plus. That’s right: the November issue of Journal Plus is free.

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