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: 26
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
Published 06/25/2014 - 12:52 p.m. CDT

The Katwoman's legacy will be as one of the most prolific producing hunter under saddle dams of all-time. Photo © Larry Williams
GoHorseShow is sad to relay the news that Congress Champion, High Point winning, and Reserve World Champion producing dam, The Katwoman has passed away. The 1994 bay hunter under saddle mare was loved deeply by Doris Collier and the Augsburger Family of Pinetree Quarter Horses. At 20 years-old, the beloved mare had developed bladder problems that the vets could no longer control.

Published 06/24/2014 - 3:49 p.m. CDT

"Vegas lopes just like his mother," Higgins states. Photo © Holt Advertising

Pete Garcia Quarter Horses of Ocala, Florida would like to congratulate Gail Burke of Cumming, Georgia on the purchase of Its Hot In Ocala better known as "Vegas". The gorgeous four year-old black gelding is by Masterson Farms' RL Best of Sudden and out of Ima Hot invitation. Burke and Vegas will be under the guidance of Jamie Higgins.

Rating: 11