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Taking After Dad

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PhillipRapps RonRallsRon (right) said Phillip (left) is the better rider, while the son credits his dad with teaching him family values and a strong work ethic. • Photo courtesy of the Ralls familyOn a farm on California’s central coast, a 3-year-old boy sits in the corner of an arena playing in the sand while his father works a horse on the other end. The scene was a familiar one for the Ralls family, as Phillip grew up watching his dad, Ron, train reined cow horses and compete in National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) events.

Breeding To Win

Written by Stacy Pigott on .

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“How can we explain that one of two Thoroughbreds, birth brothers, offspring of the same parents, may turn out a chestnut and a great galloper, and the other, a bay with no special talent? For me, that was Hamlet’s dilemma.”

Moving With Horses

Written by Stacy Pigott on .

trucktrailerSalem, Ore., realtor Catherine Ulrey, of Keller Williams, specializes in buying and selling horse properties. As a competitive horsewoman, she understands the value of finding the perfect horse property, and also makes sure her clients understand the value of a well-planned move.

Moving a family and household can be stressful enough, without the additional work and concern of moving a barn and horses. 

Straight Talk with Forrest Lucas: Protecting A Passion

Written by Stacy Pigott on .

protect-the-harvestThrough the lobbying organization Protect The Harvest, Forrest Lucas hopes to save the agricultural industry from the growing threat of the radical animal rights movement.

If you’ve attended or watched a major Western performance horse event in the last few years, you’ve probably heard of Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest. Both have been big sponsors of major events such as the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, National Reining Horse Association Futurity, National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes, High Roller Reining Classic and more.

Buying Your First Horse Property

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01 Driveway 13CPhoto courtesy of Coalson Real EstateThe right facility is one of the most important tools a horseman can have. Whether you are a professional trainer or a breeder with a few mares in the pasture, the right facility can make horsekeeping at home easier. However, many people find the real estate search to be intimidating and overwhelming. A few real estate professionals in the horse industry and some experienced buyers offer their advice on the matter of buying that first place.