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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

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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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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

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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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Half Thoroughbred and All Heart

Many successful horses in the barrel racing industry have a Thoroughbred or two on their papers. Some great barrel horses even have a Thoroughbred parent. Martha Josey’s first barrel horse Cebe Reed was by the winning Thoroughbred stallion Frank’s Pal. Martha and Cebe won 52 consecutive races and qualified for the NFR in 1968 and… Continue reading Half Thoroughbred and All Heart

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Going Pro: Thoroughbreds in the WPRA

The members of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) are some of the best rodeo athletes in the world. The WPRA sanctions the barrel racing at the most prestigious rodeos in North America and crowns a World Champion Barrel Racer at the end of every season. To compete at this elite level, riders need horses… Continue reading Going Pro: Thoroughbreds in the WPRA