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Published 07/31/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"Your job as a parent is to lead by example and show your kids that no matter what, they can get through anything and use the experience to transform their life," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Most people would agree that being a parent is one of the hardest yet rewarding jobs on the planet. You worry, support, nag and bribe your kids to do the right thing, and at the end of the day, all you really want is for your child to be happy. Then, one day, your dear son or daughter says four innocent little words, “I want a horse” and life as you know it will never be the same. 

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Published 07/30/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"This week boot camp riders continue to build strength and control through better positioning," Lynn states. Photo © Kaleena Katz Weakly
This week boot camp riders continue to build strength and control through better positioning. At this point you are still not stringing together moves for patterns, you are simply building strong muscles that maintain the correct position throughout your ride. Perfecting your position enables you to harmonize your ride. First things first, build a better ride through strength and correctness.

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Published 07/29/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Comeonin, who lived until he was 36, was off the track and was a very talented horse with a big heart," Paris states. Photo © Harold Campton
In the 80s, Paris Hughes of Burleson, Texas dominated the AQHA show circuit with her horses, Comeonin and Mr Two Eyed Twist. Hughes and her two horses won an impressive 12 AQHA World Championships and 12 AQHA Reserve Championships to go along with multiple Congress Championships. "They were special horses," Paris recalls, who has both horses buried at her family's farm in Burleson, Texas.

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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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