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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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OTTBwestern 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 OTTBwestern 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

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Seven Things They Don’t Want You To Know About The Jockey Club

The sport of horseracing is receiving a lot of negative press. Based on the narrative of mainstream media, it seems like injuries are at an all-time high. However, reporters fail to mention that the safety of the sport has improved over the past several years. These improvements can be contributed in part to proactive programs… Continue reading Seven Things They Don’t Want You To Know About The Jockey Club

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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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Misused Terms That Make Every Horse Cringe

Ever read an advertisement for a horse that leaves you scratching your head? Aramis says "HA! That's funny!" For Sale: Own daughter of Tiznow. She was born on my farm and is the only baby her mother ever had. Her brothers and sisters have won a lot of money racing. She is a solid colt… Continue reading Misused Terms That Make Every Horse Cringe