The Gallop Report

Inside the Pages of March-April

February 28, 2012

The latest issue of America’s Horse has some people in it you’ll want to meet.

Here at AQHA, we’re gearing up for the Road to the Horse colt-starting championship, March 9-11. As sponsors of the remuda, we’ll have a booth there, and Quarter Horse Outfitters will be selling logoed merchandise to the throngs — and I do mean throngs — that will be crusing the concourse during breaks in the action. I’ll be there covering the event, so look for regular updates on Facebook and Twitter, as well as here on America’s Horse Daily and in the print magazine.

One of the things I’m most looking forward to is meeting our March-April cover boy, Caton Parelli, in person. He’ll be there with his dad, Pat, who’s a competitor on the U.S. team with Craig Cameron, vying against teams from Australia and Canada. As a demonstration, Caton and Pat will perform together in a father-and-son reining pattern.

In doing the America’s Horse story on Caton, I just spoke with him on the phone. He was actually working one of his horses when I called, and his dad simply handed the phone to him on horseback. When we got through talking, I understood completely why so many of  his fellow horse-show competitors have adopted him as family. He loves to talk about his Ford truck and his American Quarter Horses, not necessarily in that order, and he’s passionate about competing and breeding better horses. It’ll be fun to talk more in person.

Despite an early fight against hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, and other health issues, Caton, now 28, is horseback constantly and credits riding with helping him in so many areas of life. He shows successfully in reining, cutting, reined cow horse and ranch horse competitions.

More from the March-April issue:

  • America’s Horse introduces readers to outgoing AQHA president Peter J. Cofrancesco III. Peter was born and raised for the first years of his life in the industrial city of Paterson, New Jersey, but he and his family made horses an integral part of their lives – proof that the strong gravitational pull of the horse world can be felt from just about anywhere. Peter became the first president of the American Junior Quarter Horse Association (now AQHYA) to become president of AQHA.
  • Meet “Outlaw Annie” Bianco-Ellett, queen of the cowboy mounted shooting world. Her American Quarter Horse stallion, El Costa Prom, was a sensation in the sport, and now he’s the patriarch of a line of horses bred specifically to compete in mounted shooting.
  • If you watched barrel racing at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, you saw the speedy gray mare Mulberry Canyon Moon. But you might not have known about the lameness that threatened her career and the pigeon fever that threatened her life. Learn how she overcame both.
  • And because we’re pedigree nuts at AQHA, read about the common ancestor of Mulberry Canyon Moon and NFR champion barrel horse Sugar Moon Express (also featured in the magazine). They trace to a granddaughter of the racehorse Top Moon who was bred by an AQHA past president.
  • As always, this AQHA member publication is full of Association news and plenty of tips that will help you enjoy horse ownership to its fullest.

Join AQHA now so you won’t miss a single issue of this official publication. If you’re already a member, remember that you can view the digital version of America’s Horse magazine by logging in to the member services area of our website.

Happy riding — and reading!