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Western Dude Ranch Appeals To Worldwide Travelers, Defying Any Cultural Barriers

Western dude ranches (found throughout the plains, deserts and mountains of the US and Canada,) have mass appeal. In fact, it seems they cross cultural barriers. "I would say about 10 to 20 percent of our dude ranch guests are European, with folks from The UK and Germany representing the largest share," notes Colleen Hodson of the Dude Ranchers' Association.

Splash of Silver. Owned by Kirk and Kristy Nielsen

Why Do Quarter Horses Get Pinto Markings?

Is a foal born to two American Quarter Horses that has big white spots on its body an American Quarter Horse? Traditionally, the answer was no, but in 2004, AQHA?s ?excessive white? rule was rescinded, allowing horses with these markings to be registered.

Dave Saunders and the Morgans. Copyright Nancy Jaffer

It's Official--Morgan Four-in-Hand Team to Compete at 2010 WEG

August 19, 2010--A four-in-hand team of black Morgan geldings, driven by David Saunders, will represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in September!

Lisa Rasmuson and Preston. Courtesy AQHA

Lisa Rasmuson and "Preston" Work on AQHA Dressage Performances

Longtime dressage enthusiast and competitor Lisa Rasmuson shares her excitement over AQHA approving dressage classes.

Courtesy Horse & Rider

American Quarter Horse Foundation Receives Record $3 Million Gift

April 13, 2010--The American Quarter Horse Foundation announced during the 2010 Convention it had received an unprecedented gift of $3 million to the Foundation?s operating endowment from Hall of Fame member Anne Marion and The Burnett Foundation.

Lynn Palm. Courtesy Lynn Palm and

Lynn Palm Clinic to be Featured at QuarterFest

An English clinic has been added to QuarterFest 2010. The AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year in 2006, Lynn Palm, is adding her expertise in English to the clinic line-up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 2, 2010.

Personal Ensign. Photo by Barbara Livingston

Personal Ensign Dies of Natural Causes

The Phipps family announced today that Personal Ensign, who won all 13 of her career starts, including the 1988 Breeders? Cup Distaff, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, of natural causes at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

Morgan horse. Painting by Jeanne Mellin Herrick

Horsemastership Program

Need a fun project involving horses? The AMHAY Horsemastership Program is designed to help you become a competent horseperson. The five successive levels of testing are designed to increase knowledge of the Morgan breed and general horsemanship while receiving recognition for hard work.

The Doc Bar Heritage

Doc O'Lena was a small horse, but according to trainer Shorty Freeman, you can?t measure the size of a horse?s heart in hands. Unquestionably, Doc Bar was more than just another pretty horse. His conformation, passed on to his offspring, allowed them to be the performers they were and are. To view the Doc Bar future, let?s take a look at Doc O?Lena, one of his foals.

Two Are Named Top Professional Trainers During AQHA Annual Convention

During the AQHA Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida, two professionals were chosen as the best by their peers. Dianne Eppers of Grayslake, Illinois, was named the Professional?s Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year. Jeffrey Pait of Sparta, New Jersey, was named Professional?s Choice Professional Horseman of the Year.

Gunner. American Paint Horse. Photo by APHA/Abigail Wilder Boatwright

Paint Stallion Gunner Surpasses $2 Million Siring Mark

March 2010--Colonels Smokingun ("Gunner") has been named the eighth National Reining Horse Association Two Million Dollar Sire. Colonels Smokingun aka ?Gunner? is the first registered American Paint Horse to join the exclusive list of NRHA Two Million Dollar Sires.

The American Trakehner Association Announces 2009 Futurity Awards

The American Trakehner Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Futurity Awards. These awards are presented to the top young Trakehner horses who have achieved the highest scores for their disciplines during the 2009 season. Over $500,000 has been paid out in the ATA Futurity to date.

Video: Riding Welsh Cobs With Equitrekking

Come visit the historic Derwen International Stud in Wales where's Darley Newman learns about the history and training of the Welsh Cobs.

Video: Equitrekking Explores the Icelandic Horse Culture

Host Darley Newman of explores the rugged countryside of Iceland on the equally rugged and dependable Icelandic.

Thoroughbred Family Tree

Pedigree refers to a horse's family tree, with its paternal ancestors -- sire/father -- on the top, and its maternal ancestors -- dam/mother -- on the bottom. A horse's pedigree provides insight into its potential ability and value.

My Favorite USEF Breed Competition: Contest Underway for 2010 Season

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the start of the second annual ?My Favorite USEF Breed Competition Contest,? following an enthusiastic response to the program in 2009.

Calvin Borel & Rachel Alexandra. Courtesy

Rachel Alexandra Beats Out Zenyatta for Horse of the Year.

Rachel Alexandra won the first matchup between racing's leading ladies, beating out Zenyatta for Horse of the Year. Voters chose Rachel Alexandra for the year-end honor at the Eclipse Awards. The first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years received 130 votes to 99 for Zenyatta in one of the tightest, most widely debated competitions in years.

The American Trakehner Association Member Receives 2009 Barton Trophy

Merit Award Winners Recognized by the American Trakehner Association