Are you preparing for any of the numerous and
upcoming World Championship Shows? If so, you
already know how different the big shows are from
the state level horse show. The anticipation is
built into everything surrounding the show and
somehow, every little detail just feels special.
This is the show you have prepared all year for,
excitement fills the air making expectations run
"Somebodys Bull was probably the ugliest Bull Parker, but his heart and talent made up for his looks," Gretchen remembers.
Would you believe that a horse that was described
as "skinny" and "pathetic" and was purchased
through a killer sale for just $60 in Texas, would
go on to win the All American Quarter Horse
Congress in Amateur Horsemanship? AQHA judge and
trainer, Holly Hover, tells GoHorseShow the story
of when she received a phone call that would
forever change the life of the people and horses
The 2014 Country Music Circuit was held in
Harriman, TN on July 18th thru 20th. This show was
blessed with some cooler temperatures—and despite
the rain that was in the area, exhibitors managed
to have a great time. Judges for the show were
Dean Bogart, Charlene Carter, Stephanie Lynn, and
Brent Maxwell. The show had good participation in
classes across the board, from fence classes to
ranch horse pleasure.
Trubee immediately noticed Brandvik’s superb workmanship and now plans on having the shoes of all the stallions at Pine View Farm—Invitation Only and Lazy Loper among them—engraved.
Whether a horse is an AQHA legend or a favorite
pasture pet, a horseshoe
can be a wonderful
tribute that is understood by all horsemen. Jim
Brandvik of Sherman County, Texas knows this all
too well. His chosen
form of equine tribute is
that of an engraved horseshoe; Brandvik is
as the Original Horseshoe Engraver, the first
known artist to use
engraved horseshoes as his
“When Don officially retires in 2015, we will certainly miss his guidance and leadership,” said AQHA President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas. (Journal Photo)
Don Treadway Jr., the executive vice president of
the American Quarter Horse Association, announced
today his intent to retire in 2015. In making the
announcement, Treadway wants to allow ample time
to appoint a successor and ensure an orderly
transition to not interrupt Association business
and member needs.
All adoptable dogs will have dark blue bandanas which say: The Paws Cause / Adopt Me printed on them.
The first annual, The Paws Cause, is a dog
adoption event that will be held at the 2014 AQHYA
World Show and Reichert Celebration that will
feature rescue dogs that need new homes. This
event was the brain child of AQHA judge and equine
sales consultant Ruth Ellen of The Horse Source,
Inc. Ellen is an animal lover, especially dogs and
"That’s the best part of our sport, most people are very willing to help the “newbies” and teach them a few tricks of the trade," Murin states pictured here.
We have all thought it. At some point or another
everyone showing open shows wants to know what
it’s really like at a breed show, and if you go,
can you play with the “big boys”? Well take some
advice from me, someone who left her comfy circle
of Michigan open shows, packed up her horse, moved
to Texas, got a trainer, and hit the
Julie did take home a special prize that day, but it had nothing to do with horse showing. Photos submitted by Corinne Gould.
The crowd was restless as all waited for the
results from the Amateur Western Pleasure class at
the Liberty Circuit in Tunica on July 4th. It was
a large class, with several talented horses and
skilled riders. Suddenly, the energy in the arena
changed. The microphone switched on, and the
announcer explained that before the placings were
called, a special Exhibitor Appreciation prize
would be awarded.