Increase Efficiency By Being Organized

cstackroomCraig Schmersal's tack room at his new barn in ArizonaRunning an efficient training barn takes lots of organization and team playing amongst employees. Since relocating to Arizona, I have had to start from scratch on organizing and figuring out a way to run my new barn efficiently. I can honestly say this is one of the hardest things as a trainer – at least for me – to do.

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A Little Perspective

Me Lucky HeadshotMe and my 24-year-old Paint Horse, LuckyHave you ever gone to a show after working really hard, only to have your high hopes of success dashed by your uncooperative four-legged partner? Most of us probably have, and sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the positives. I was guilty of this just a few days ago.

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#WednesdayWowFactor — Dont Look Twice

DontLookTwiceRappBridlelessTP 2011Dont Look Twice and Phil Rapp, shown competing bridleless during their Mercuria/NCHA World Series Open finals run in Rancho Murieta, Calif. Photo by Ted PetitWe've got something special for this week's #WednesdayWowFactor! In 2011, the stellar mare Dont Look Twice and Phil Rapp topped $600,000 in career earnings at the El Rancho Futurity in Rancho Murieta, Calif. If that weren't enough, the mare and Rapp teamed up for an unplanned bridleless run. If this still isn't enough Wow Factor for you, we've also got the video of the run!


Quick Tips — Kicking The Habit Part 2

DellHendricks2Dell Hendricks provides his fixes for the most common vices of veteran reining horses. Even the most seasoned, well-trained horses can develop bad habits. After running patterns year after year, they begin anticipating various reining maneuvers and try to avoid others. Charging in large, fast circles, dropping a shoulder in lead changes and leaning during the rundown to a sliding stop are some common problems veteran show horses develop.

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#WednesdayWowFactor — Zane Davis

ZaneDavis BobbyStarlight BDZane Davis and Bobby Starlight go for it all. Photo by Big Daddy PhotographyThere’s an old saying: If you want to win it all, you have to risk losing it all.

It was in August of 2011 in front of a packed house at the World’s Richest Stock Horse competition at the National Stock Horse Association Futurity in Paso Robles, California. The final fence work remained and would determine the event winner, and Bobby Starlight and Zane Davis were in striking distance to take the championship.

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How Do I Tie a Mecate to a Bosal?

DMT mecatebosalA mecate is a rein made of a single piece of rope, usually twisted horse hair or nylon. Mecates are used on hackamores and snaffle bits. A bosal is the noseband of a hackamore and when a headstall is attached it is known as a hackamore.


The Mischievous Puppy

ManchesterTerrierThe guilty.One of the fun parts of working for Quarter Horse News is getting to hear from our readers. Some of you call with questions or comments about something you saw in the magazine, and sometimes, you call looking for help. Sales Customer Service Manager Diana Buettner recently received an email from a subscriber who had an unusual request.


Inspired to Create


Every year, Quarter Horse News enters the American Horse Publications’ award contest, where we submit our best content from the year prior to be judged. Winning is a sign we’re hitting the mark in delivering the excellent publication we strive to produce. Keep reading for QHN Senior Graphic Designer Holly Tarquinio’s thoughts on the process, the year behind and the year ahead…

Reading through last year’s issues for American Horse Publication submissions has my brain spinning. Spinning with excitement and inspired to create more and do more.


#WednesdayWowFactor — Big Chex To Cash

Big Chex To Cash and Andrea FappaniFor this week’s WednesdayWowFactor, we chose this magnificent, dirt-billowing slide. This is Big Chex To Cash and Andrea Fappani, who scored a 224 to tie Taris Designer Genes and Tim McQuay for the 2007 Reining By The Bay Open Championship. Photo by John O’Hara