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Published 07/28/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Unfortunately, no matter how cadenced, balanced, and expressive a horse is--if it is not careful over the obstacles, it might not make the best trail horse," Vickery states. Photo © The Journal
Throughout his twenty plus years in the business, Bruce Vickery of Aubrey, Texas has showed and trained numerous World and Congress Champions. For the past six years, Vickery has held the title as the highest NSBA Trail money earner with $86,734.15. To put the magnitude of this impressive feat into perspective, the second highest NSBA Trail money earner has $38,410.44 in lifetime earnings, nearly $50,000 less.

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Published 07/26/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

Lewis says that she is thankful that showing horses has allowed her to continue competing into her late sixties when many sports would have required younger bodies.
Last month, while recovering from her third bout of cancer, Linda Lewis of The Villages, Florida was also determined to go back and show at the Pinto World Show. This Amateur Elite exhibitor is a three-time ovarian cancer survivor. She was initially diagnosed in February of 2010 and has gone through treatment and therapy the past few years. Due to her illness, Lewis missed the Pinto World Show in 2010 through 2013 and had doubts she would make it this year.

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Published 07/25/2014 - 1:23 p.m. CDT

"We were fulfilling my mom's wishes, Carolyn Fleming Smith, per her will, with the donation of Iron Age to a University," says Adria Smith of Seaside Farm, LP. Photo © Kelly Graphics
Seaside Farm, LP announces the donation of their NSBA World Champion hunt seat stallion, Iron Age, to Ohio State University. "We were fulfilling my mom's wishes, Carolyn Fleming Smith, per her will, with the donation of Iron Age to a University," says Adria Smith of Seaside Farm, LP. "That transaction was completed after breeding season for ease on all parties with Ohio State University."

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Published 07/24/2014 - 7:46 p.m. CDT

The PHBA World Show recently concluded in Tunica, Mississippi where Stenborg walked away with two PHBA World Champion titles and a Reserve World Champion title with her mare, Peponitas Chic Olena (Chick) Photo © Jeff Kirkbride
AQHA and PHBA member, Diane Stenborg, of DeLand, Florida, is not only able to compete in a class that most find daunting, but has achieved winning three World titles as well. What’s so special about Diane and her accomplishments you might ask? Diane Stenborg is legally blind.

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Published 07/24/2014 - 11:44 a.m. CDT

"You helped me become the person I am today and for that I'm forever grateful," Jonathan states. Photo © Jeff Kirkbride
We are heartbroken to report that beloved gelding and Congress Champion, RL A Sudden Image (Larry) passed away at the age of 12 due to complications associated with laminitis. The chestnut gelding was by A Sudden Impulse and out of Miss Good Asset and bred by the Roberts Development Corporation. Larry was last owned by the Nowacki Family of Hollywood, Florida.

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Published 07/24/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

“My favorite thing about Avery is she knows me better than anyone else and I feel like I can be myself around her,” says Bailey pictured right with Avery.
There’s a t-shirt that says a girl’s best friend is her horse. While we won’t dispute that, we do know there are some unforgettable pairs that have been hitting the horse show circuits for a few years now. Their friendships have survived competing against each other at shows, including the upcoming AQHYA World Show. GoHorseShow talked to best friends, Avery Ellis and Bailey Anderson; Abbi Demel and Kaylee Mellott, and Paige Stopperich and Courtney Allen. Find out more about their longtime friendships developed through their love of horses.

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Published 07/23/2014 - 11:43 a.m. CDT

The winner of the Western Pleasure Shootout with 23 shown was Katie Bussing and A Good Cookie, pictured here. Photo © Impulsive Concept Designs
The Gordyville Shootout and AQHA show took place July 17th through the 20th in Gifford, Illinois. There were six AQHA split/combined shows, the annual shootout, and NSBA Futurity Classic. "The western pleasure classes were well attended and very competitive," says Gordyville Show Manager Jody Quiram. 

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Published 07/23/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"For the PHBA/NSBA Hunter Under Saddle Stakes Class, it was one of the best rides I've had on him and it was so much fun," Casa states, pictured here after her win. Photo © NSBA.COM

The Tidwell Family of Cartersville, Georgia just had another great show with their palomino gelding, CowboysAintEasyToLuv (Waylon) at the PHBA World Show. Last year, Michael and Justine won their first PHBA World Championship with Waylon in the Junior Hunter Under Saddle with their assistant trainer, Alyssa Casa in the irons. This year, the family came home with an impressive stack of ribbons and trophies.

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