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Craig’s Spin — Welcome

Craig Schmersal blogReining professional Craig SchmersalHi All! I am excited to be a part of the blog with Quarter Horse News! As the new year begins, I am excited about my new 2-year-olds coming in and the future of my now 3-year-olds. For trainers, this is a fun time of year.


NCHA Vice Presidential Candidates Announced

wray-louieNCHA vice presidential candidates (left to right) Lewis Wray & Jerry LouieTwo candidates – Gerald "Jerry" Louie and Lewis Wray – have been selected for the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) vice presidential election.

Irish Quarter Horse Association Gets New Status

The Irish Quarter Horse Association (IQHA) has been formally affiliated to Horse Sport Ireland. Previously, the IQHA had been affiliated to the Reining & Western Section of Horse Sport Ireland. However, now it will be the designated affiliate for Reining & Western Riding in its own right. Read the full story at The Independent.

Put Your Leg Into It

legpositionA shorter stirrup allows the rider to maintain close contact and proper timing with the horse.It takes more than just the steering wheel to drive a car. A driver has to watch the road ahead, the road behind and what is going on in the side-view mirrors, in addition to operating the brake and accelerator. It is no different when riding a horse. A rider cannot depend solely on the reins to guide a horse. Matt Gaines, Equi-Stat’s No. 2 all-time leading rider, trainer and earner of more than $7 million in the cutting pen, explains how he uses leg position and cues to guide and reassure a horse in the show pen.