Who Would You Choose?

The winter of 2013 will probably go down in the record books as one of the worst in recent history. Snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures blew across the country in recurrent waves of bad weather. The conditions often made travel dangerous, stranding people wherever they were when the storms hit – at home, in the store or on the freeway. Even when the roads were clear, many opted to stay in the warmth of their homes, rather than deal with falling temperatures and even lower wind chills.

One Time Pepto

One Time Pepto Joins NRCHA’s Million Dollar Sire Ranks

One Time PeptoOne Time PeptoOne Time Pepto, a 2001 stallion sired by Peptoboonsmal and out of the Smart Little Lena daughter One Time Soon, has joined the elite group of National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Million Dollar Sires. One Time Pepto offspring have earned a total of $1,004,906 in NRCHA competition.

Briefs Filed In Continuing Clone Lawsuit

Both parties in a pending legal case regarding the registration of cloned horses and their offspring have now filed legal briefs requesting an oral arguments hearing with the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

EHV-1 Outbreak in Minnesota

EHV-1, a highly contagious equine virus, is causing neurological problems in Minnesota horses. At least three have been euthanized, animal health officials say. Read the full story from the Star Tribune.

Frankly Speaking: We Are Connected

In this modern day and age of advanced technology, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and email, most of us have become so connected that our lives start to appear like an open book. I’m on the side of those who say, “It’s a good thing.” But I know many of you share a different feeling about “baring one’s soul” in such a public forum. 

Work Ethic

If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say some of the most popular sections of Quarter Horse News are the columns – Gala’s Gab, Frankly Speaking, Craig’s Spin, Let It Rein, Cornbread Thinks, Health Matters, and yes, even my Insights & Opinions. Our columns have provoked the greatest number of letters to the editor in the past year, and are often praised on social media as thought-provoking and original.

I don’t tell you this so that we can pat ourselves on the back. I tell you this because there is a column in this issue that I know you won’t want to miss. In his monthly column Craig’s Spin, reining trainer Craig Schmersal tackles the subject of assistant trainers.

Cornbread Thinks: Follow the Grass

The world is turning green again, in this hemisphere, anyway. Mares are foaling, cows springing. Tender grass is showing. The Super Stakes is right now in a minute. Our clock for the year has started, just as it has done since the mid-1800s, at least in the world of horses, cows and our sport – cutting.

The threads in this make the cloth of the sack that holds the why of the way we do things like we do. Timing is based on God and Mother Nature’s schedules, not ours. We use theirs because it is so much easier. Stuff just meshes up, like a six-speed transmission. Low gears lug us slowly, but steadily, out of the inactive winter into the higher gears of spring as we break loose the grip, shifting up as we gain traction and momentum.

Changes To NRHA Futurity

Following the 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, there were several discussions concerning the NRHA Futurity Open go-round schedule, including horses’ progression from the semifinals, and then on to the finals. The NRHA Board of Directors reviewed extensive historical data and scores, and has approved an alteration to the number of horses that will advance from the first go-round to the semifinals. In addition, a change was made concerning the start of the first go-round.