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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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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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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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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

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Makeover Watchlist: Competitive Trail

The Competitive Trail division at the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium consists of a course of ten obstacles. Two judges will assess each horse based on its demeanor, willingness, and surefootedness throughout the course. Obstacles may involve backing, side passing, dismounting and more. The top five scoring horses will come back on… Continue reading Makeover Watchlist: Competitive Trail