Spotlights

A Big Win for American Quarter Horse Racing

A Big Win for American Quarter Horse Racing
American Quarter Horse racing scored a big win this week at the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. The ARCI model-rule committee and board of directors approved AQHA’s request to separate American Quarter Horse flat racing into its own breed-specific standard for medication violation within ARCI’s model rule.

Remington Park Announces Hair Testing for Grade 1 Championship

Remington Park Announces Hair Testing for Grade 1 Championship
Press release announces that Remington Park has instituted a new policy concerning its Grade 1 Remington Park Championship.

Horses That Can Run Longer Distances

Horses That Can Run Longer Distances
Every good athlete is a combination of natural ability and training. The inherited type of muscle fibers, heart, conformation and talent makes the biggest difference in determining what a horse might be able to do and can help determine if the horse may be a good distance runner or a better sprinter.

A Direct Connection

A Direct Connection
Frank Vessels Sr. developed his breeding farm in conjunction with his racetrack, which later became Los Alamitos Race Course, in the 1940’s. He and his grandson Frank “Scoop” Vessels III, through their Vessels Stallion Farm, created an outstanding breeding legacy that has contributed immensely to many of the great racehorses of today.

Speedhorse Graham P&A Derby Trials

Speedhorse Graham P&A Derby Trials
Remington Park kicked off their Quarter Horse and Mixed Breed Season Friday, March 10th with feature trials for two major Paint & Appaloosa Stakes Races, the $112,000 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity and the $46,900 Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby.

Great Moments in Quarter Racing

Great Moments in Quarter Racing
While some of his contemporaries flashed upon the sprinting horizon like a jet-propelled rocket, Plunder Bay was a slow developer. Foaled in Long Beach, California, the fleet-footed stallion was bred by his owner, Stephen G. Wasley...

2016 World Champion: Jessies First Down

2016 World Champion: Jessies First Down
The 2016 racing year is now in the books and the Champions have been named. Now it is on to 2017 to see if Jessies First Down will continue his assault on the 440-yard races with the goal to retain his World Championship. It also gives us a chance to see more of those races against Zoomin Effortlessly as the saga of Jessies First Down continues.

CHRB Approves Medication-Based Conditions

CHRB Approves Medication-Based Conditions
After a ruling in March by the Los Angeles County Superior Court—which forced the CHRB to set aside its approval of Los Alamitos Race Course's "house rules" banning the use of Clenbuterol, Albuterol, Zilpaterol, and Ractopamine for Quarter Horses races—the CHRB took an emergency action in the spring of 2016 to allow Los Alamitos to continue that practice.

2016 OQHRA Champions

2016 OQHRA Champions
The 2016 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Champion Banquet took place on February 18 at the Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Photos are by: Susan Bachelor

Put Kansas Back in the Winner’s Circle

Put Kansas Back in the Winner’s Circle
Support legislation to create tax parity between state-owned/protected casinos and privately-owned and operated racetracks. The simple change would impact jobs and generate revenues.

Oklahoma Medication Issues Discussed in Historic Meeting

Oklahoma Medication Issues Discussed in Historic Meeting
Hosted by the Oklahoma QHRA, the meeting covered several topics. The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association organized a medication meeting, which was held on Friday at Heritage Place.

Happy Trails Children's Foundation Holding Drawing For Red Ryder Saddle

Happy Trails Children's Foundation Holding Drawing For Red Ryder Saddle
Formed in 1982, the nonprofit foundation helps children in crisis with a mission to hinder the rising tide of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and death

2016 AQHA Champions

2016 AQHA Champions
The 38th Annual Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale kicked off with the much-anticipated annual Pre-Sale Party hosted by Heritage Place. The 2016 AQHA Champion announcements began at 6:00 p.m. and included a webcast for those who could not attend.

The Allred Bros. Influence

The Allred Bros. Influence
If you have been around quarter horse racing for any length of time and you hear the name Allred Brothers you automatically think of successful Quarter Horse racing. The Allred Brothers—Harvey, Dale and Jerry, now all deceased—parlayed their 50-plus years of racehorse breeding and racing into an induction to the AQHA Hall of Fame because of their success in this endeavor.

Equine Health: Care of Older Horses

Equine Health: Care of Older Horses
Research continues to discover more about ways to keep older horses healthy, and we’ve learned a lot about geriatric horse care in the past several decades. Fifty years ago, most horsemen considered a horse “old” by age twenty, but today we often see horses continuing athletic careers into their late twenties and enjoying retirement in their thirties. Longevity is partly genetic (just as in humans), but also partly due to good care.

2017 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees

2017 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees
2017 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees
January 13, 2017
Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, OK

The Tail Female Line & Inbreeding

The Tail Female Line & Inbreeding
The study of the tail female line is an ongoing part of pedigree research. The tail female line is that bottom line on a bracket pedigree. It starts with the horse’s dam and flows along that bottom line ending with the taproot mare, which is the foundation of that tail female line.

Hauling: Minimizing Transport Stress in Horses

Hauling: Minimizing Transport Stress in Horses
All horses are stressed by travel, especially if it involves a long time in transport, but some are stressed more than others. The circumstances of shipping may make a difference in the level of stress.

Imperial Eagle Fulfills His Destiny

Imperial Eagle Fulfills His Destiny
It was certainly their turn to achieve the All American dream, and they made the most of their opportunity, fulfilling their destiny to win this race

A Pedigree Pattern For The Ages

A Pedigree Pattern For The Ages
One of the common pedigree patterns we see in our horses is what can be stated in simple terms as “Returning the blood.” Returning the blood is based on breeding mares to a stallion that carry the blood of the stallion’s dam.

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