Smart Chic Olena. • Photo by John Brasseaux.

Smart Chic Olena, Dr. Tom Lenz Enter AQHA Hall of Fame

Champion cutter, reiner and standout sire Smart Chic Olena was hailed for his versatility and trainability during the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Hall of Fame ceremony held recently in Jacksonville, Florida.

Quintan Blue Passes $1 Million Mark

National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Reserve Champion Quintan Blue has a new title – millionaire producer. Better not tell her, though. Her owners say she’s already a diva.

Boozer Named NCHA Show Secretary of the Year

“Leave them with a smile,” said Judy Boozer, the first recipient of the National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) Sandy Sokol Show Secretary of the Year award. Six months ago, NCHA Vice President Ron Pietrafeso convinced the NCHA Executive Committee that as show secretaries are paid employees and not eligible for the Member’s Hall of Fame, […]

In the Know: ELD Mandate

Several equine industry groups and associations are urging horsemen to speak out against an impending law they say could negatively impact transportation of horses and other livestock. Known as the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, the law limits the amount of time a commercial truck driver can drive, regulates on duty/off duty time and requires […]

In the Know: Stay Up To Date With QHN’s NCHA Futurity App

Staying up to date at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is now as easy as tapping an icon on your phone’s home screen. Thanks to a new progressive web app from Quarter Horse News (QHN) and sponsored by Platinum Performance, the resources you need to make the most of your Futurity experience are […]

In the Know: Deep Roots

IntheKnow DontStoppBelievinDont Stopp Believin & Phil Rapp • Photo by Don TroutPhil Rapp recently issued a warning: Be careful what you name your horses and your children. The National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) all-time leading rider with more than $9.2 million in earnings traces his rise to the top of cutting back to a special mare named Tapeppyoka Peppy, who is still influencing his success more than 30 years later. The latest successful member of this equine family, Dont Stopp Believin, lived up to his name and made Rapp keep the faith, knowing that talent runs deep on this family tree.

In the Know: Cutting Acrobatics

While NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton said it would have been nice to mark a huge score on this last ride in the cutting pen at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals with NRR Cat King Cole, Barton is happy to know the stallion is the center of many conversations after his near summersault in the saddle in the final round of the Open made the duo an internet sensation.

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In the Know: Hay is for Horses

IntheKnow HorseEatingHayHorses need a steady and consistent diet of high-quality hay to keep their digestive tracts functioning properly. • QHN File Photo

As most horse owners know, hay plays an important role in keeping a horse’s digestive system healthy and functioning well. Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research (KER), said this is due in part to the fiber content provided by hay, which assists the specific design of a horse’s body.