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Pictured is the result of Hruska's hard work and no excuses. A Reserve World Championship at the 2015 American Paint Horse Association World Show.

Insights & Opinions: No Excuses

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several different sports throughout the years. In that time, I’ve also had the pleasure of training with all kinds of coaches.
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Breeding & Beyond: They Always Make Something

In my column in the March 1 magazine, I brought up the subject of finding the best cross for your horse, no matter the popularity factor. I’m very passionate about this subject. Anyone who knows me knows my opinion on the matter couldn’t fit in one column, so I’m going to expand. (I can already hear […]
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Insights & Opinions: Unintended Consequences

The last thing you want is to read another commentary about the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or the respiratory disease COIVD-19. But as a journalist, I would be remiss not to address it. The situation is fast-changing. What is true today may be vastly different from what is happening in the world by the time you […]
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Insights & Opinions: Catalyst for Growth

Where do good horses come from? What about great ones? I think most of us can agree it’s a careful balance of genetics, athleticism, conformation and trainability … all with at least a pinch of God-given talent. But what it takes to develop great horses into performers in our industry is a different matter. Along with […]
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Breeding & Beyond: Breeding Goals — A Requirement

In my last couple columns, I brought my passion for creating the best cross pos- sible front and center. Now, I feel the need to go a bit backward. Let’s go back and bring attention to what I think is the foundation for creating a great cross — setting a breeding goal. I think the best […]
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Frankly Speaking: Horse of a Different Color

“We need an outcross stallion!” How many times have you heard that when horse breeders visit with each other? It is a common theme, and one that transcends all disciplines in the equine industry. Why do we need an outcross stallion? The explanation is very simple. For too long now, our horse industry has narrowed its […]
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Frankly Speaking: A Silver Lining

By now, most, if not all, of you have felt the pains of hardship created by the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. I pray that this nasty virus has not affected any of you medically and this column finds you in good health. I know many of you are suffering the difficulties of complying with the restrictions […]
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Hooked to the Circle: Keep a Horse on a Circle

A rider should not have to keep a horse on a circle, according to reined cow horse professional Trevor Carter. A horse should take more responsibility for maintaining a consistent circle, but the rider has to teach him to find it. “The difference between a good circle and a great circle is that your horse […]
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Breeding and Beyond: Making My Introduction

It’s Nikki Here! Most of you know me from my work with some of the most well-known breeding facilities in the Western performance horse industry, but my life is changing. Along with a relocation and job change, I’ve accepted an offer to bring you this new monthly column, “Breeding & Beyond.” I look forward to […]