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Published 01/27/2015 - 5:00 a.m. CDT

"I liked his size, bone structure, and conformation--including a long croup, as well as his movement," Carl Yamber remembers about the young colt. Photo © Kelly Graphics
Breeder Bill Rosenfeldt remembers the day that the special colt, who would eventually be known as These Irons Are Hot, was born. "He was born in a paddock outside. When I went to lead him in, I was taken aback because as big as the colt was, he loped beside the mare all the way in," said Rosenfeldt. "As a yearling, he was always easy going. He was never colty or arrogant. He was left uncut for that reason, as well as his size and big slow stride."

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Published 01/25/2015 - 5:39 p.m. CDT

"I remember the first time I saw her. She was the prettiest horse I had ever seen," Cooper states. Photo © Harold Campton
We are saddened to report that legendary western pleasure mare, Chocolate Zipper has passed. She was 26 years-old. AQHA breeder Clarice Cooper of Maysville, Georgia retired the gorgeous mare after her show career and kept her until the very end. "I loved you from the first time I saw you," says Clarice Cooper, about her beloved mare known as Chloe.

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Published 01/22/2015 - 6:27 p.m. CDT

"She doesn't let her many handicaps stop her from loving life," owner Stephanie Moore says about Pown Pown. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Moore.
Two years ago, on January 21, 2013, AQHA breeder Stephanie Moore had no idea that this day would change her life forever. At her farm in Veersburg, Indiana, one of her mares gave birth to twin foals in five degree weather. Unfortunately, one died shortly after birth. Moore knew immediately that the surviving twin foal was something special. "She was full of spit and vinegar when she came out," Moore stated in an article we wrote about the sassy filly when she was born.

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Published 01/22/2015 - 2:58 p.m. CDT

The NCEA has reorganized into a more inclusive, proactive structure with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness," Fiorentino states. Photo © USC Gamecocks
As you may know, several challenges emerged for college equestrian programs during this past fall season. Today, I want to provide you with the most current information about the NCEA and the progress we have made over the past few months to support the coaches and student-athletes.

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Published 01/22/2015 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"When I first saw The Rock as a two year-old at the AQHA World Show, I was totally taken back by my reaction to this wonderful, beautiful roan stallion," owner Loretta Magnuson states. Photo © Shane Rux

For most people, the name, "The Rock" conjures up visions of the muscled movie star and professional wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But in today's horse world, The Rock is quickly making a name for himself as a striking red roan stallion with a very bright future. By the multiple World Champion producing stallion, RL Best of Sudden, and out of Lopen Good Bar, The Rock was bred to be special. 

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Published 01/21/2015 - 7:09 p.m. CDT

Unless taxes need to be withheld, the two companies will send a combined $90,565.86 to the Clerk of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. File Photo ©
Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge ordered about $90,000 in retirement fund reimbursements owed to former Comptroller Rita Crundwell be turned over to the government. Crundwell had contested the inclusion of those funds toward the nearly $54 million restitution she was ordered to pay after she pleaded guilty to wire fraud in November 2012.

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Published 01/21/2015 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

“When we’re pushing toward a horse’s peak, I try to get an overall look at my horse twice a week, at least, on Monday or Tuesday and again on Friday,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle. Journal photo
How do you keep your halter horse at the top of his game, big show after big show? “When you say a halter horse is at his ‘peak,’ it means he’s 100 percent fit in his body and mind, in tune and at the top of his game,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle of Wayne, Oklahoma. “It means peak performance in the way a horse looks and shows, physically and mentally.”

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Published 01/19/2015 - 11:24 a.m. CDT

"Western Dressage is really a good introduction to all the fundamental maneuvers that we already require our horses to know and understand," Lynn states.
Earlier this month, the AQHA show held in Venice, Florida premiered two new classes--Western Dressage and Performance Hunter Under Saddle. On January 10th, the show debuted the first USEF recognized Western Dressage event as well as the first Performance Hunter Under Saddle class. Both events were well attended by both entry standards and by viewers.

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