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Judge Orders the AQHA to Register Clones

TwoSocksTwo Socks, a clone, is now eligible for registration with the American Quarter Horse Association.An Amarillo federal judge on Thursday ordered the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to change its rules to begin registering quarter horse clones and their offspring.

Judge Orders the AQHA to Pay Cloning Legal Fees

On Monday, Aug. 19, U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson signed an order granting the plaintiffs’ application for attorneys’ fees totaling nearly $900,000 in the ongoing cloning lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).

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Top Cutting Trainers Roll With the Changes

MattTaraGainesTara and Matt GainesRoger Wagner has ridden Stylish Martini to a lead in the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association Open Horse of the Year race and will soon become the 14th rider in cutting history to earn more than $4 million. He’s also looking for a new job.

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Todd Bergen & Peptos Shiney Pistol Top NSHA Futurity Open

ToddBergenFuturity Open Champions Todd Bergen & Peptos Shiney PistolAs reined cow horse trainers prepare their 3-year-olds for the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nev., Todd Bergen can easily say he’s getting excited. Up against some of his future Reno competition, Bergen piloted Peptos Shiney Pistol to a National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Futurity Open win. The show was held in Paso Robles, Calif., Aug. 15-18.

Playing Well With Others

I was at a show recently and overheard a verbal exchange between a trainer and his customer following an unsuccessful performance by the customer. Far from supportive or encouraging, I witnessed  a brutal degradation on a personal level with little helpful critique to the actual performance. Rather than walking away with a valuable learning experience, I suspect the customer was left with a bruised self-esteem and little motivation to come back for more.

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A Shiner Named Sioux Tops Carol Rose Dispersal

AShinerNamedSioux CarolRoseDispersalA Shiner Named Sioux • photo by Abigail BoatrightAaron Ranch, of Commerce, Texas, paid the sale-topping price of $850,000 for A Shiner Named Sioux at the Carol Rose Dispersal Sale on August 15-17 in Gainesville, Texas. Rose, the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) All-Time Leading Breeder of Performance Horses, sold all but five horses at the historic dispersal, which was attended by hundreds of people from around the country.

AQHA Vows to Continue Fight for Members’ Rights

On August 12, the parties appeared for a hearing before Judge Mary Lou Robinson for the purpose of arguing on the issues of the plaintiffs’ claims for attorney fees and for equitable relief in the form of an injunction requiring the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to register clones and their offspring. The plaintiffs have […]

Iowa Plant Drops Horse Slaughter Plan

An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday. Read the full Associated Press story at ABC News.