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NRCHA Rule Book Corrections

rulebSome 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) rule books in circulation contain typographical errors. Those inaccuracies have been corrected in the online publication, and the NRCHA is working to correct all printed materials.

Florida Horse Racing Has $905 Million Economic Impact

The Florida horse racing industry generates an annual economic impact of $905 million to the state, according to a study presented Monday to the Florida Senate Gaming Committee. In addition to the nearly $1 billion economic impact, the study also showed that the racing industry is also responsible for 12,000 jobs. Read the full story […]
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NFACC Code of Practice Available Online

CodeThe simple definition of welfare, “quality of life,” can sometimes be unclear, as this term can mean different things to different people. In the past, society normally regarded equine welfare only as it relates to the animal’s physiology and environment, such as feeding and shelter. Over the past 15 years, the science of animal welfare has made huge developments in recognizing needs by expanding the concept to also include horses’ well-being and related tolerable threshold of pain, suffering or neglect.

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Cactus Reining Classic Adds AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes

cactusIn response to the growing popularity of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Ranch Pleasure classes, the Cactus Reining Classic announced the addition of both the AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure and AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure classes to the 2014 schedule at the upcoming event held at WestWorld of Scottsdale March 5-9.

Stress and Our Health

By Anna Mitchell

The average age of equine sport participants is generally higher than other sports that require more extensive physical exertion and athleticism. When combined with the notion that many of these competitors are also involved in a demanding and competitive work environment, then health issues become a very real concern.

What’s In A Name?

It’s been more than 400 years since Shakespeare wrote “Romeo and Juliet,” and Juliet Capulet spoke the immortal lines, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.” The point Juliet was making to her dear Romeo was that a name is a meaningless; She was in love with the person called Romeo Montague, not the name itself or the family behind it.

Juliet and Shakespeare may believe names are meaningless, but the horseman who agrees with them is rare, indeed. Horse names, it seems, are vitally important, with breeders and owners spending hours upon hours dwelling on potential monikers for their newborn foals.

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Adan Banuelos Scores Big At Tunica

ABanAdan BanuelosThe Tunica Futurity, held Jan. 27-Feb. 3, is enjoying a new venue this year. The show that began in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to Tunica, Miss., in 2005, now calls West Monroe, La., home. To break in the new location in style, Adan Banuelos swept the Open.