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The Western Thoroughbred History – Ariel

Ariel was descended from a long line of champions. Once compared to the legendary Traveler by the National Quarter Horse Breeders Association, he was a successful sprinter that went on to sire several influential stallions and mares. Through his Thoroughbred sons, Ariel made a lasting impact on the western industry. Ariel was foaled in 1925.… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Ariel

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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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The Western Thoroughbred History – Afton Creek

Afton Creek was a blue-blooded Thoroughbred stallion that was unremarkable in his short racing career but became an influential sire of Quarter Horse racing, reining and cutting horses. Bull Dog, the grandsire of Afton Creek Afton Creek was foaled in 1950. He was by Coldstream, a multiple stakes winning son of North American leading sire… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Afton Creek

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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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The Western Thoroughbred 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 The Western Thoroughbred 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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Thoroughbreds of the BFA World Championships

The Barrel Futurities of America (BFA) is an organization that aims to unify the barrel racing futurity industry. The BFA World Championship is a week-long event in at the historic Lazy E Arena in Gutherie, Oklahoma. The payout exceeds $1 million and the highlight of the event is the $250,000 $uper$takes in which the winner… Continue reading Thoroughbreds of the BFA World Championships