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Published 07/21/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

This show was blessed with some cooler temperatures—and despite the rain that was in the area, exhibitors managed to have a great time. Photo © TQHA
The 2014 Country Music Circuit was held in Harriman, TN on July 18th thru 20th. This show was blessed with some cooler temperatures—and despite the rain that was in the area, exhibitors managed to have a great time. Judges for the show were Dean Bogart, Charlene Carter, Stephanie Lynn, and Brent Maxwell. The show had good participation in classes across the board, from fence classes to ranch horse pleasure.

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Published 07/19/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

Trubee immediately noticed Brandvik’s superb workmanship and now plans on having the shoes of all the stallions at Pine View Farm—Invitation Only and Lazy Loper among them—engraved.
Whether a horse is an AQHA legend or a favorite pasture pet, a horseshoe can be a wonderful tribute that is understood by all horsemen. Jim Brandvik of Sherman County, Texas knows this all too well. His chosen form of equine tribute is that of an engraved horseshoe; Brandvik is known as the Original Horseshoe Engraver, the first known artist to use engraved horseshoes as his medium.

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Published 07/18/2014 - 6:02 p.m. CDT

“When Don officially retires in 2015, we will certainly miss his guidance and leadership,” said AQHA President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas. (Journal Photo)
Don Treadway Jr., the executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association, announced today his intent to retire in 2015. In making the announcement, Treadway wants to allow ample time to appoint a successor and ensure an orderly transition to not interrupt Association business and member needs.

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Published 07/18/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

All adoptable dogs will have dark blue bandanas which say: The Paws Cause / Adopt Me printed on them.
The first annual, The Paws Cause, is a dog adoption event that will be held at the 2014 AQHYA World Show and Reichert Celebration that will feature rescue dogs that need new homes. This event was the brain child of AQHA judge and equine sales consultant Ruth Ellen of The Horse Source, Inc. Ellen is an animal lover, especially dogs and horses.

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Published 07/17/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"That’s the best part of our sport, most people are very willing to help the “newbies” and teach them a few tricks of the trade," Murin states pictured here.
We have all thought it. At some point or another everyone showing open shows wants to know what it’s really like at a breed show, and if you go, can you play with the “big boys”? Well take some advice from me, someone who left her comfy circle of Michigan open shows, packed up her horse, moved to Texas, got a trainer, and hit the road!

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Published 07/16/2014 - 5:00 a.m. CDT

Julie did take home a special prize that day, but it had nothing to do with horse showing. Photos submitted by Corinne Gould.
The crowd was restless as all waited for the results from the Amateur Western Pleasure class at the Liberty Circuit in Tunica on July 4th. It was a large class, with several talented horses and skilled riders. Suddenly, the energy in the arena changed. The microphone switched on, and the announcer explained that before the placings were called, a special Exhibitor Appreciation prize would be awarded.

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Published 07/15/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Keep in mind that no matter where you draw up, first, middle or last, your job is to maximize your presentation," Lynn states. (Journal Photo)

Everyone wants to get to the top of the judge's card when they ride through the gate at the horse show. It is the very reason people show horses. Over the years, scored events have seen tremendous growth. Riders have the undying attention of the judge for as long as it takes to perform their pattern. 

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Published 07/14/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"In your twenties you’re so eager to get to the next thing you can miss out on a lot," Lagace states pictured here. (Journal Photo)
Have you ever had one of those ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ thoughts? We all have. Whether it is regretting putting on those extra pounds, wishing you would have learned to play an instrument or traveled more when you were younger--they say hindsight is 20/20. No matter where we are on our life’s journey, we can all look back and say, ‘I wish I knew then, what I know now.' 

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