Step Outside The Bubble

I didn’t mean to do it. I wasn’t totally prepared, and it probably came out all wrong. I stood up and spoke at a committee meeting during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. 

It was the Long Range Planning Committee – the individuals the NCHA counts on to “make recommendations with regard to the direction of NCHA for future growth and development and make recommendations regarding improvements to the structure of the NCHA as set forth in its Constitution and By-laws.”

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How to Properly Hydrate Your Horse

Summer takes a toll on us all. With temperatures circling the century mark almost anywhere in the U.S., we should all be mindful of how this affects our horses. Most trainers in the Southwest will start working horses about 3 a.m. these days just to avoid the worst of the heat.

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NRHA to Host FEI Reining World Cup

2013 nrha futurity fei reining world cupThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce that it will once again present one of the most prestigious reining competitions in the world, the 2013 FEI Reining World Cup. The event will be held during the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.


Keep Up With The Changes

It seems like we just get used to something then it changes. It can be hard to keep up with the constant change and very distracting to our performance preparation.

Let's take a look at some significant changes that the equestrian industry has experienced over the years:

Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) Laid To Rest

GunnerAt McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, the focus has long been on exceptional performance - both human and equine. But people close to owners Tim and Colleen McQuay know that underlying all the awards and accolades the couple's real focus has always been the love of the horse.

So, losing any horse would be hard. But saying goodbye to a great one pushed the difficulty to another level when Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as "Gunner," lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas, under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.


Clone Trial Set To Begin July 16

TwoSocksTwo Socks, a 2007 clone of the 1980 stallion Jae Bar FletchThe civil court case set to decide whether cloned horses can or cannot be registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has a July 8 docket call in an Amarillo, Texas federal courtroom.

UPDATE: On July 8, an unrelated case was scheduled to be heard prior to the cloning lawsuit. According to attorneys involved in the case, the cloning case is now scheduled to start on July 16, a date that could be pushed back slightly depending on the court's timeliness in wrapping up the preceding case. 

World’s Oldest Genome Sequenced From 700,000-Year-Old Horse DNA

DNA shines a light back into the past, showing us things that fossils can’t. But how far back can that light extend? Some of the oldest DNA sequences come from mastodon and polar bear fossils about 50,000 and 110,000 years old, respectively. But a new study published online today in the journal Nature reports the […]