A little #FlashbackFriday for you... I wrote this piece for the August 15, 2016, issue of the Quarter Horse News, and while it's geared towards cutters, reiners and working cow horse riders, I feel like this could be a beneficial read for anyone who looks at clinics to improve something in their lives. For example, … Continue reading Questions Answered: Is a Clinic Right For You?
While I was on my way to a Turf Publicists of America meeting in Lexington, Ky., I received word that Carol Trimmer, former editor of the NRHA Reiner magazine, had passed. it was like someone punched me in the stomach out of the blue. In a time when I felt lost after completing my internship … Continue reading The Loss of a Mentor: Carol Trimmer
When I am able to cover events live, I love to hear everyone's stories. It's part of my job: to listen and share your story. I met Sandra Bentien at the NRHA Futurity a couple of years ago and fell in love with her stallion, Gotta Twist It Up. The pair ended up winning the … Continue reading Sandra Bentien: Alone at the Top
(From the January 2017 Reiner Magazine) The surprise wasn't really that Andrea Fappani had won the Lucas Oil NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity, but the surprise was what horse he won it on, and how he did it. Spooky Whiz joined the Fappani training barn at the end of his 2-year-old year after Fappani purchased … Continue reading Andrea Fappani – Getting the Most From Your Horse
While I lived in Lexington, I had the privilege of getting to work with leaders in the equine health industry in many facets. I've always enjoyed talking with Stuart Muir, resident farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Stuart is a wealth of information when it comes to the horse's hoof, so when he knows … Continue reading The Importance of Balance in Reining Horses
I just returned from a trip to Oklahoma City for the 2017 NRHA Derby, the aged event that celebrates 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses. It's always fun to see the horses that competed in the prior year's Futurity, as well as returning Futurity champions all in one building. I'll post some photos from my … Continue reading Getting the Most from Your Horse
When Casey Deary slid into the 2015 NRHA Futurity Finals aboard a flash Palomino mare, her owner was just so happy that not only was she in the finals, but she was spinning in the middle of Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City. Rob Curtis is about strategy--management strategies for business owners to help them … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Not Your Typical Horse Owner
Once again I had the opportunity to attend the National Reining Horse Association's marquee event: The NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. I was doing coverage of the NAAC for the NRHA Reiner, and, as always, the experiences did not disappoint.
This time last year an equine star was born...and we're not talking about American Pharoah. Instead, we're talking about his track pony, Smokey, the buckskin Quarter Horse with a golden, dappled coat and the demeanor that drew crowds to him. I got to know more about "Smokey the Pony" when I wrote a profile piece … Continue reading America’s Horse: Smokey the Pony
Every winter stallions enter breeding sheds across the country with owners’ hopes of producing the next Spooks Gotta Whiz, HF Mobster, or Wimpys Little Step. Eleven months later mare owners wait with baited breath to see what possibly months or years of plan- ning has produced. Four long legs, a fluffy mane and tail, and … Continue reading Breeding: Reproducing Greatness with a Little Help