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The Western Thoroughbred History: Hawkin’s Special

Hawkin’s Special was foaled in Kentucky on February 20th, 1975. He was bred by W. H. Peckham, part owner of Go Man Go, Easy Jet, Rocket Wrangler, and many other great horses. Hawkin’s Special was by stakes winner Great Sun, who was by Bold Ruler. His dam, Sun Lover, was a stakes-winning daughter of Nasomo.… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History: Hawkin’s Special

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2022 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

The 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge will take place December 1st-10th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will showcase the top fifteen Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding. The WNFR will… Continue reading 2022 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Staunch Avenger

Staunch Avenger was foaled in Kentucky on March 16th, 1968. He was bred by Charles Heekin. Staunch Avenger was by multiple stakes winner Staunchness. Staunchness, a son of the great Bold Ruler, was the sire of several strong sprinters including Over Arranged, the grandsire of Deb Mohon’s great NFR barrel horse Special Agreement, aka “Brown.”… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Staunch Avenger

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Chicaro

Chicaro was foaled in Kentucky in 1923. He was bred by American businessman and philanthropist Harry Payne Whitney. Chicaro was by Whitney’s leading sire Chicle and out of Wendy, by Peter Pan. Wendy was the dam of thirteen foals including stakes winners March Hare and Zelide. Whitney repeated the cross that produced Chicaro five more… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Chicaro

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Piggin String

Keeneland is the largest market for yearling Thoroughbreds in the entire world. Their annual sales began during World War II when wartime restrictions on rail transportation prohibited Kentucky breeders from shipping their horses to Saratoga, New York to be sold at auction. The first Keeneland yearling sale was held on August 9th, 1943. Hoop, Jr.,… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Piggin String

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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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The Western Thoroughbred History – Mr. H. Z.

Mr. H. Z.’s pedigree combined the best Thoroughbred bloodlines form Europe, Australia and the United States. With successful Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse siblings, he had strong ties to both breeds. Mr. H. Z. was a stakes winner and track record setter. His get were successful on the track as well. Most notably, one of his… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Mr. H. Z.

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2021 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

The 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will take place December 2nd-11th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will showcase the top fifteen Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding. The WNFR will also feature the top… Continue reading 2021 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

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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