Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

On June 27, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) on a 68 to 32 vote.  The AHC supports this bill because it would fix many of the immigration issues facing the horse industry. Read the complete story from the American Horse Council.

HF Mobster & Jordan Larson Top NRHA Derby Open

JordanLarson HFMobsterNRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champions - Owners Andy Fishburn with trainer Jordan Larson and his son, Cash, aboard HF MobsterThe 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby showcased the $435,000-added Open finals on June 29, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. The NRHA Derby is NRHA’s premier event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses and hosts two slates of ancillary classes. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $948,000 to owners and nominators of Open and Non-Pro finalists. During the Open go-round, more than 500 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 72 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event.

This Week’s Winner of the Omega Alpha Quarter Horse News/ Action Photo Contest

[caption id="attachment_37552" align="alignleft" width="180"]Photo by Kurtis Miller[/caption]Congratulations to Kurtis Miller of Hiawassee, Georgia! His brilliant photo won this week’s Omega Alpha Equine Quarter Horse News/ Action Photo Contest. Along with the photo, Kurtis submitted this caption: “The Dillard House Stables ‘River Ride’ in the north Georgia mountains. The setting and the horses just have to be shown off. Pam Thompson of the Whirligig Ranch owns and operates the business and is active in the cutting horse world."


Keeping Track

Journaling is perhaps one of the most versatile and useful skills you can adopt as an aspiring performer. It takes discipline and consistency but the benefits are well worth the effort. Unfortunately, journaling is perceived by many as 'homework' and is often brushed aside for later as we rush through our busy lives.


Mandy McCutcheon & Always Gotyer Gunsup Triumph

MandyMcCutcheonNRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro Champions Mandy McCutcheon & Always Gotyer GunsupThe 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured the finals in Non-Pro competition on Friday, June 28: the $80,000-added Level 4; $60,000-added Level 3; $25,000-added Level 2; $15,000-added Level 1 and $5,000-added Prime Time divisions. Out of the original 209 horses and 612 entries, the top 59 horse-and-rider teams qualified to compete in the finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying approximately $317,000 to owners and nominators.

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Calgary World Series of Cutting Cancelled

logo calgaryCalgary, Alberta, Can., home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede Rodeo, suffered severe flooding that necessitated evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people last week and it has cancelled the city’s planned July 8 Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting event.

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NRCHA Celebration of Champions Comes To Fort Worth

OlenaOak REmmons2011 & 2012 World's Greatest Horseman Champions Olena Oak and Ron Emmons; Photo by PrimoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) is pleased to announce that its first premier event of 2014, the Celebration of Champions, will be held at the world-class Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, February 14-22.

This Week’s Winner of the Omega Alpha Quarter Horse News/ Action Photo Contest

[caption id="attachment_37562" align="alignleft" width="180"]Photo by Paula Parkhill[/caption]Congratulations to Paula Parkhill of Deming, New Mexico! Her photo won this week’s Omega Alpha - Equine Quarter Horse News/ Action Photo Contest. Along with the photo, Paula submitted this caption: "I wanted to try something a little different as far as angles go, so I asked our trainer to stop our stallion Love Potion Number 9 directly in from of me. He laughed and said as long as I am not held responsible if he doesn't stop. He stopped like a dream.”

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Smart Like Juice Inc. Named NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Owner

MoonshineJuice JVazquezSmart Like Juice Inc. owner Jose Vazquez aboard Moonshine Juice after winning the 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro. Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to add Jose Vazquez's Smart Like Juice Inc. to its exclusive Million Dollar Owner list. This outstanding achievement makes Smart Like Juice Inc. No. 7 on this list, placing them among greats like Lance Griffin, Tim McQuay, Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Rosanne Sternberg, Rancho Oso Rio LLC, and David Silva Sr.

Travelin Jonez, Dawson Capture NRCHA Derby Open

travelinjonez-dawson-13derby-webPhoto by Primo MoralesChris Dawson, Jacksboro, Texas, rode into the National Reined Cow Horse Association record books when he piloted Travelin Jonez (Smart Chic Olena x Travelin With Sass x Travalena) to the NRCHA Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby Championship Saturday, June 15 in Paso Robles, Calif. Dawson has won all four NRCHA Premier Limited-Age Event Championships thus far in 2013; three of them aboard Travelin Jonez.