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Reining Stallion Quistador Sells

Quistador SFlarida 13WQuistador and Shawn Flarida shown winning Level 4 Open Reserve titles at the 2013 Gordyville Breeders Cup and Wimpys Little Step derbies. Photo by WaltenberryReining stallion Quistador (Conquistador Whiz x Miss N Becky x Okie Paul Quixote) has sold to Francisco Ayers Lopes Jr., San Paulo, Brazil. Previously owned by Gus and Gaynia Revenberg, Old Castle, Ontario, the career earner of more than $225,000 will remain in training with Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Shawn Flarida.

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Get Your Game Plan On

Many people head off to the grocery store with a list in hand, or at least in mind, while others prefer to just turn up and wing it. While “winging it” in the grocery store might work out OK for you, I strongly caution the use of this tactic in performance.

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Canadian wins back-to-back NRHA European Futurity Championships

Morey Fisk Shiners Party DressShiners Party Dress and Morey FiskSeveral thousand visitors watched an exciting €146,000-added NRHA European Futurity Open final on Saturday night with scores climbing as the evening progressed. Canadian trainer Morey Fisk repeated last year’s success aboard Claudia Simon’s beautiful palomino mare, Shiners Party Dress (Shining Spark x Smartly Dressed). He set the event’s high score, a 226, winning the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Open Championship for the second year running.

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Ray Baldwin & Shesa Hollywoodcat Top Super Stakes Non-Pro

RBaldwinRay BaldwinAs the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes comes to a close, Ray Baldwin and Shesa Hollywoodcat are celebrating their Non-Pro Championship. The 4-year-old mare (High Brow Cat x CD Fillybingo x Bingo Hickory) walked out of Will Rogers $28,355 richer.

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Ron Thompson wins NRBC Non-Pro Level 4

ron thompson matt armentaRon Thompson, with Taris Dreamer and trainer Matt Armenta (right). Photo by Robin FowlerRon Thompson, Pilot Point, Texas, has had success as a National  Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competitor, but his National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Non-Pro Level 4 Championship on Friday was his biggest win. Thompson had a scorching run on Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Taris San Cutter x Doc Tari) that earned him a score of 224 and a check for $32,000. His run from the ninth draw of 31 horses also earned him a Championship in the Non-Pro Prime Time, good for another $1,656.

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NCHA Super Stakes Open Finalists Determined

nchassopendrawThe NCHA Super Stakes Open Draw Party - photo by Kelsey PecsekLil Rattler fell with trainer Wes Galyean during the second round of her debut at December’s National Cutting Horse Association but she fared better during her second trip to Fort Worth, leading Friday’s NCHA Super Stakes Open semifinals with a 218.5.

Finding Common Ground

stacy-pigott-little-rocket-andyMy first horse, Little Rocket AndyLast month, I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 AQHA Convention in Houston, Texas. This isn’t the first year I’ve been to the convention, but it is the first year I was able to stay for its entirety – from the opening comments to the closing remarks, and everything in between.

My favorite part of the convention had to be Friday afternoon’s forum, which was dedicated to equine welfare. Dr. Tom Lenz, of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), gave a presentation on the science and emotion of equine welfare. I wish it were possible to put his entire presentation in print form, so all of you could read what he had to say.