The Inaugural Toyota California Classic Invitational Cow Horse Championship will be featured this year at the Horse Expo Pomona. The all-around stock horse event will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Ram Trucks Freedom Arena. Admission for the event is free to all.
In response to the growing popularity of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Ranch Pleasure classes, the Cactus Reining Classic announced the addition of both the AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure and AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure classes to the 2014 schedule at the upcoming event held at WestWorld of Scottsdale March 5-9.
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By Anna Mitchell
The average age of equine sport participants is generally higher than other sports that require more extensive physical exertion and athleticism. When combined with the notion that many of these competitors are also involved in a demanding and competitive work environment, then health issues become a very real concern.
It’s been more than 400 years since Shakespeare wrote “Romeo and Juliet,” and Juliet Capulet spoke the immortal lines, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.” The point Juliet was making to her dear Romeo was that a name is a meaningless; She was in love with the person called Romeo Montague, not the name itself or the family behind it.
Juliet and Shakespeare may believe names are meaningless, but the horseman who agrees with them is rare, indeed. Horse names, it seems, are vitally important, with breeders and owners spending hours upon hours dwelling on potential monikers for their newborn foals.
The Tunica Futurity, held Jan. 27-Feb. 3, is enjoying a new venue this year. The show that began in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to Tunica, Miss., in 2005, now calls West Monroe, La., home. To break in the new location in style, Adan Banuelos swept the Open.
By Justin High, DVM
Horses are wonderful creatures with an innate sense of beauty that is unlike any other in the animal world. So, when a group of single-celled organisms, like bacteria or a fungus, gets the upper hand on them, it doesn’t seem quite right. Pastern dermatitis is an excellent example of this, and one we all face eventually.
The reining community is mourning the loss of horsewoman Elizabeth "Liz" Haverty, 62, who lost her battle with cancer Sunday, Jan. 26. Her influence in the industry will truly be missed.