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Kool Kingdom: A Royally Bred Thoroughbred Stallion Competing in Barrel Racing

If you were a fan of Jill Lane’s stallion Red, you may want to add Kool Kingdom to your watchlist. This up-and-coming Thoroughbred stallion is preparing for a career in barrel racing. He appears to have what it takes to become an elite competitor and sire. Kool Kingdom, aka “Thor,” was foaled on April 4th,… Continue reading Kool Kingdom: A Royally Bred Thoroughbred Stallion Competing in Barrel Racing

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Heisanative

Heisanative was impressive on the track as a two-year-old. He would go on to sire both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stakes winners. In just seven foal crops, Heisanative sired numerous exceptional racehorses and legendary broodmares. He is best known as the dam sire of Refrigerator, one of the greatest Quarter Horse racehorses of all time.… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Heisanative

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Thoroughbred Blood and the Future of Barrel Racing: How RP Recoil N Strike Will Change the Industry

If you had an opportunity to ask a Hall of Fame racehorse trainer a question, what would it be? When barrel horse breeders Roger and Rachel Primm had a chance to sit down with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert they had a specific question in mind – which one of your trainees would be the… Continue reading Thoroughbred Blood and the Future of Barrel Racing: How RP Recoil N Strike Will Change the Industry

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Western Champions of the Mega-Makeover

This year the Retired Racehorse Project combined its 2020 and 2021 Thoroughbred Makeovers for one Mega-Makeover. The event also hosted the first T.I.P. Barrel Racing Championships. Many western disciplines were represented at the event which took place in October at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Twelve Buckles donated by The Western Thoroughbred. Made by Bob… Continue reading Western Champions of the Mega-Makeover

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Away From Holme

Away From Holme was a first-generation American Thoroughbred. His pedigree included Australian and European champions. He had a successful career as a racehorse and became an even more successful sire of Thoroughbred sprinters and Quarter Horses. Away From Holme was foaled in Arkansas on February 4th, 1967. His sire, Noholme II, was the 1959 Australian… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Away From Holme

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Apollo

Apollo was an impressive racehorse that captured the attention of horseman Frank Vessels III. He went on to sire stakes winners of four breeds. His daughters are still producing top-notch racehorses and barrel horses, which has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest broodmare sires of all-time. Apollo was foaled in California in 1988.… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Apollo

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Anchor Watch

Anchor Watch was a successful racehorse and enduring sire. His royal bloodlines were essential in establishing an enduring empire of barrel horses. His descendants still dominate futurities and open barrel races today. Anchor Watch was foaled on J. W. Dial’s ranch in Texas in 1953. He was by Degage, a stakes-winning son of Calumet Farm’s… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Anchor Watch

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2020 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

In 2020, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returned to Texas for the first time in nearly 60 years. Globe Life Field in Arlington hosted the historic rodeo, which was the first non-baseball event at the park. While there were significant changes, the 2020 WNFR still showcased the season’s top-fifteen money earners in bareback riding, steer… Continue reading 2020 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

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In Defense of the Thoroughbred as a Barrel Horse

Thoroughbred horses have been instrumental in barrel racing since the invention of the sport. However, full-blooded Thoroughbreds that have won large barrel races remain relatively unknown. Their achievements have been overlooked and underplayed. And while barrel racers may be familiar with some bygone Thoroughbred stallions and mares, their influence in industry is often glossed over… Continue reading In Defense of the Thoroughbred as a Barrel Horse