Frankly Speaking: Hey Anybodys!

There’s no doubt, I love spending time with my two granddaughters. Emery is 3 and Harper is almost 2, and watching them play or listening to what might come out of their mouths next is entertainment at its finest. When Emery has an announcement to make or wants to get your attention she cries out, “Hey anybodys!” (And believe me, she can always get her Pop’s attention!) One of my favorite things is watching how Emery and Harper love their horses. I see them and I wonder: Is a child’s attention and focus on horses caused by environment or parental direction? Is this “horse bug” actually inherited by a recessive gene no one has identified as yet? You might laugh at such a notion, but sometimes a child’s love for horses seems to pop up out of nowhere. 

Second Chances

For a lot of people, March has not been an easy month. In my own circle of friends, there have been unexpected deaths, health issues, veterinary problems and more than anyone’s fair share of life’s challenges. Personally, I’ve dealt with skin cancer and paid my veterinarians the equivalent of a second mortgage payment – all in the month of March.

NYC Mayor Delays Ban On Horse Carriages

New York City horse carriage drivers breathed a sigh of relief Saturday after mounting concerns that they would swiftly be put out of work by Mayor de Blasio. The mayor said the ban on horse carriages is “not a priority.” Read more at the New York Daily News.

Metalic Al and Tom Shelly Top John Deere Open

tomshellyMetalic Al, with owner Tom Shelly and his daughter, ShelleeAbout an hour and a half after making the Open semifinals with a strong effort in Saturday’s second go of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open, Metalic Al and Tom Shelly returned to the same arena and earned $10,137 with a 222 in the John Deere Open finals.

Senate Committee Approves PAST Act

On April 9, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST Act) (S.1406). The PAST Act would strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and finally end the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. The American Horse Council has been working to advance this […]

AQHA Purchases Robin Glenn Pedigrees, Inc.

On April 11, the American Quarter Horse Association announced the purchase of Robin Glenn Pedigrees, Inc. (RGP). Established in 1981, RGP has long been recognized as the industry’s premier sale catalog and pedigree service, currently producing sale catalogs for Heritage Place, the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, the National Reining Horse Association, Ruidoso Select Yearling Sales, Texas Quarter Horse Association and Western Bloodstock, producer of the National Cutting Horse Association’s sales.


Amateurs Shine at Super Stakes

fortworthpipelineLisa Bankston is all smiles as she exits the pen on “Piper” after marking a 221, the highest score of the day.Mondays are usually a day of dread as a new work week begins, but the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes packed April 8 with a day full of Amateur cutting finals. More than $375,000 was awarded to the finalists in the Amateur and Unlimited Amateur, as well as the Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur finals.

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Dual Smart Kitty Escapes Serious Injury In Trailer Accident

DualsSmartKitty CJohnsonDual Smart Kitty and Clay Johnson, pictured after their Open win at the 2013 NCHA FuturityDual Smart Kitty, the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion, marked a 214.5 in her first run at the NCHA Super Stakes in Fort Worth on Tuesday, one day after suffering minor injuries during a traffic accident on her way to the show.