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OTTBwestern History – Leinster House

The Emerald Isle is known for its rolling hills, Celtic ballads and dark beer, but not necessarily for its barrel horses. Yet surprisingly, one of the greatest families of barrel horses began in Ireland. Many futurity, derby and open horses can trace their direct sire line back to a dark bay Thoroughbred stallion from the… Continue reading OTTBwestern History – Leinster House

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OTTBwestern History – Aforethought

Aforethought was a race-winning Thoroughbred that went on to sire stakes winners of two breeds. His story is as much about speed as it is about mare power. It began with his legendary dam, Aspidistra. Aspidistra was bred by the Kentucky division of the famous King Ranch. She was by Better Self and out of… Continue reading OTTBwestern History – Aforethought

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Five Lies You’ve Been Told About the American Quarter Horse

They say you cannot believe everything you hear - which might be especially true when you're talking about horses! Here are five falsehoods you may have heard about the American Quarter Horse we all know so well. https://www.facebook.com/jobberbill/photos/a.2143419515888644/2446020888961837/?type=3&theater Lie #1: The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the world. It is true… Continue reading Five Lies You’ve Been Told About the American Quarter Horse

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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

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NFR Pedigree Analysis

Each December, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada showcases the season’s top money-earning cowboys and cowgirls and their tremendously talented horses. Whether they are backed in the box or fixing to fly down the alley, all the WNFR equine athletes have something in common – Thoroughbred bloodlines. The great Thoroughbred stallion Three… Continue reading NFR Pedigree Analysis

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Top Pink Buckle Stallions Are More Thoroughbred Than Quarter Horse

Last week the $1.5 million Pink Buckle Barrel Race was held at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. This unique Open 4D and Futurity intends to increase the quantity and quality of barrel horses sired by Pink Buckle stallions. Currently, there are over forty stallions enrolled in the program. Horses by Pink Buckle stallions with… Continue reading Top Pink Buckle Stallions Are More Thoroughbred Than Quarter Horse

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Makeover Watchlist: Barrel Racing

The Barrel Racing division at the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium consists of a judged horsemanship pattern and two timed barrel runs. During the horsemanship pattern, horses will be scored on their demeanor, responsiveness, and ability to maintain an even pace. The inverted score from the horsemanship pattern and the times from… Continue reading Makeover Watchlist: Barrel Racing