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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