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.

Rating: 19
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.

Rating: 20
Published 07/21/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"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 involved.

Rating: 30
Published 07/18/2014 - 6:02 p.m. CDT

“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.

Published 07/13/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Pictured is Team USA with their high point buckles and trophy.
The Youth World Cup is officially over, but the memories and friends will last forever. USA ended up winning High Point Team, taking home the gold and buckles! The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel and featured a Texas tradition, chicken and waffles. None of this would have happened without Dawn Forest, Nancy Cahill, Suzy Jeane, and Michelle Tidwell. All of us are so grateful for their help these past 10 days as well as the preparation put into this huge event.

Rating: 24
Published 07/11/2014 - 5:34 p.m. CDT

AQHA Executive Director of Shows and Judges Pete Kyle talks about the future of the AQHA show industry. (Journal Photo)
If someone told me in 2004 that in 2014 I’d be trading in my AQHA judges and AQHA Professional Horseman cards for business cards and the title of executive director of shows and judges at AQHA, I would have climbed back on my horse and headed for the warm-up pen.Not that I wouldn’t have wanted to work for AQHA. It’s just that 10 years ago, I had other goals for my horse-breeding program, as well as my training and show career.

Published 07/09/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

“Stewards are there not just for the equine athlete but also for the competitor. We want everybody safe!” Devitt states. Photo © Impulse Photography
In 2010 AQHA enacted a new program to help the association stay true to its core values. The Steward program is in its fourth year of operation and most people believe it appears to be a success. According to Ward Stutz, the Director of Animal Welfare and Breed Integrity, the amount of incidents are down from previous years. It appears it is becoming the flagship program that AQHA had intended.

Rating: 19
Published 07/08/2014 - 8:03 p.m. CDT

Max DeMint shaking hands with the new AQHYA President Kalee McCann.
Max DeMint reporting here from Bryan, Texas for the 2014 Youth Excellence Seminar. For those who are not familiar with Y.E.S., this is an event where members of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association gather for activities like listening to guest speakers, national officer and director elections, and a lot of other cool stuff.

Published 07/04/2014 - 9:30 a.m. CDT

"I am not sure we had hunter hack back then, but I showed, and won, in both the working hunter and jumping," Ross recalls.
GoHorseShow tracked down a classic photo of the now AQHA Senior Director of Judges, Alex Ross in english attire. The year was 1979, and he showed his client, Robin Matthew's all-around horse, No Blarney at the North Carolina Jamboree.

Rating: 13