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Published 12/16/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Custom is great, easy going, phenomenal minded and the trainability of his foals is just icing on the cake!" says Clarice Cooper. Photo © Kelly Graphics

Cooper Quarter Horses of Maysville, Georgia is excited to announce the standing of superior western pleasure stallion, Custom Invitation (Custom). Owned by Stillwater Ridge Farms of Covington, Ohio, the 2003 bay stallion is a four-time Congress Top 10 Champion with points in western pleasure, western riding, and halter. "This is a great junior sire out of the leading AQHA Hall of Famer, Invitation Only," says Clarice Cooper.

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Published 12/14/2014 - 5:57 p.m. CDT

“Ranch Hand Rescue is known for taking in critical care animals,” Williams says. “They’re the ones who would be euthanized if it weren’t for us.” Pictured here Spirit with Ranch Horse Rescue Founder, Bob Williams.
During the holiday season, many horse owners want to give back to their hooved companions and those who help horses year-round. Rescues nationwide help horses and other animals in need, and Christmastime is prime adoption time for a lot of rehabilitated animals. Bob Williams, founder of Ranch Hand Rescue in Argyle, Texas, works year-round to help rehabilitate horses and other farm animals. 

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Published 12/14/2014 - 5:15 p.m. CDT

Although deceased, the demand for Sky Blue Boy’s frozen semen has been great and after careful consideration, the Monaco’s have decided to release the semen to approved mares in 2015. Photo © Kelly Graphics
Hunters Ridge Farm is pleased to announce that frozen semen from the great, late Skys Blue Boy will be released to the public in limited quantities. The legendary Skys Blue Boy has an unparalleled sire record of more than 266 World and Reserve Championships in all divisions, including several champions named at the 2014 World Shows.

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Published 12/12/2014 - 3:24 p.m. CDT

What you can do to prepare for that dreaded appointment is first, make sure your horse has basic ground manners at home.
Walking up to a mobile vet trailer at a horse show can be very daunting to even the most seasoned show person. The flapping tent, the scary ramp, the smell of disinfectant and the fact that your horse is in need of veterinary services can be intimidating and disheartening. Never fear; the vets are here and ready to serve you.

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Published 12/12/2014 - 1:03 p.m. CDT

Now that you’re hooked on AQHA’s fastest-growing class, you’re probably chomping at the bit for any shards of advice that will lead to success in ranch horse pleasure. (Journal Photo)
So you were bit by the AQHA ranch horse pleasure bug, eh? Now that you’re hooked on AQHA’s fastest-growing class, you’re probably chomping at the bit for any shards of advice that will lead to success in ranch horse pleasure. Well, you’ve come to the right place. While there are five standard ranch horse pleasure patterns, which you can find in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations or at, judges also have the option to create new patterns for exhibitors to perform.

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Published 12/10/2014 - 6:29 p.m. CDT

Although many judges came to the conference with negative feelings, most left feeling as though the conference did what it was intended to do.
Relief: the most common sentiment felt among AQHA judges as they left the DFW Sheraton after recertification testing on December 10th. As one of the 285 approved judges that attended the 2014 judge’s conference, I can attest to the feeling. As a first time presenter at this year’s conference, I have a whole new appreciation for what the presenters go through when they stand up in front of a room full of judges.

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Published 12/10/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

As a horse-show helper, taking care of your spouse and the horses are only two parts of the equation. Remember to schedule downtime for yourself, too. Journal illustration.
They are the backbone of the exhibitor. They are the ones who are there for the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. They ensure that the horse is show-ring ready and the exhibitor is perfect.They are show spouses. Always behind the scenes, show spouses are usually only recognized by their significant other for their contributions.

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Published 12/08/2014 - 9:43 p.m. CDT

AQHA judges Carla Wennberg, Joe Carter and GoHorseShow's Laura Gilmer at the Judges Seminar in Irving, Texas.
AQHA is currently holding their judges seminar, December 8th through the 10th, at the Sheraton Hotel in Irving, Texas. This year for the first time, all AQHA judges, roughly 300 in total, are required to attend as everyone must retest for recertification. The seminar is packed full of educational sessions both days which specific discussions for trail, reining, western riding, equitation and horsemanship.

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