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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West Texas Futurity, held Aug. 10-18 in Amarillo, Texas. There were 17 teams competing for the Futurity Open Championship, but in the end, it was CR Too Catty and Tatum Rice who led the field and took home the title with a 220.It was a big night for 3 year olds at the
In the magazine business, time can be your worst enemy when it comes to distributing the news. Daily newspapers always have a jump on even twice-monthly periodicals like Quarter Horse News. We make up for the delay in printed material by offering immediate and up-to-date news via our website (quarterhorsenews.com) and our Facebook page (facebook.com/quarterhorsenews), or by sharing in-depth articles from our sister publication, the Amarillo Globe-News. Sometimes, however, the news just has bad timing. Like today.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Sales took place in Fort Worth, Texas, on Aug. 2-3, with three strong sales offering yearlings, a production sale and mixed stock. A total of 184 horses went through the ring, with 155 selling (84 percent) for a net average of $10,205. That’s an increase of 15 percent over last year’s net average, which is a good sign for the market heading into the fall sale season.
Top performance requires top condition. Whether a car, a horse, or ourselves, if we hope to achieve peak performance, we have to ensure the vehicle to success is well maintained. Most elite athletes are aware of the need to take care of themselves to produce consistent results in competition. Those of us involved in equestrian sports, however, tend to neglect our own needs with the assumption that our horse must be in peak condition for success in the pen.
Two area horse breeders who won a jury verdict last month in a federal antitrust lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will square off again with the AQHA Monday in an Amarillo court hearing on the future of horse cloning.
Last month, an Amarillo federal court jury found the AQHA and one of its committees violated two sections of the Sherman Antitrust Act and Texas statutes by barring cloned horses from the organization’s registry. Jurors also found that the AQHA’s actions harmed the plaintiffs’ business, but the jury awarded no damages in the case.