West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus first detected in the United States (U.S.) in the New York City area in 1999. Since 1999, the virus has spread throughout the U.S. and Canada, infecting birds, humans, horses, and other animals. As of 2015, more than 27,000 horses in the U.S. have been infected since the disease was first identified. The virus is maintained in the wild bird population and is spread between birds by mosquitos. Birds are considered the natural reservoir for WNV since high levels of virus circulate in their bloodstream. Mosquitos acquire WNV in blood meals from infected birds and pass it on to other birds, animals, and people. Mosquitos that feed on an infected horse or human have not demonstrated the ability to ingest enough of the virus to transmit it to other animals or humans; therefore, horses and humans are considered “dead end hosts.”
Aug 22, 2016, 19:36
Cervi Chasing a 19th Wrangler NFR Berth, Wins Caldwell Title
Caldwell, Idaho—Rodeo fans are amongst the most loyal and dedicated in the entire sports world but there’s one place where the fans are actually part of the event itself. Every year at the Caldwell Night Rodeo, the spectators are divided into the “Civies" and the “Rowdys" and pitted against each other during each of the five performances in their own competition to see who can be the best at cheering on the professional rodeo athletes inside the arena.
“The crowds are always amazing,” notes four-time WPRA World Champion Sherry Cervi.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:31
Julie T. Chapman was awarded the 2016 Steel Dust Award
Chapman won the prestigious Steel Dust Award at the opening of the ninth annual America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale.
Julie T. Chapman of Missoula, Montana, won the prestigious Steel Dust Award at the opening of the ninth annual America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale on August 13 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.
Chapman grew up as a horse-obsessed child who enjoyed drawing the horses she loved. Her work is a contemporary take on wildlife, horses and rodeo, and often features representational subject matter on a contemporary background.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:30
Tracks On My Soul
AQHA President Sandy Arledge shares how hundreds of horses and people have left tracks on her soul throughout the years.
For the past few months, I’ve been writing about my travels as AQHA president and how this Association has shaped my life. This week, I’d like to share with you a little more about how I got my start as a professional in the American Quarter Horse business and the impact of these formative years on my AQHA career.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:28
U.S. Wins Team Silver in Show Jumping at Rio Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team won the Silver medal in a down-to-the-wire competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Wednesday. The team of Lucy Davis and Barron, Kent Farrington and Voyeur, Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C', and McLain Ward and Azur finished the two-round competition with five faults. France won the Gold with three faults, while Germany and Canada tied for third on eight. Ultimately, Germany captured Bronze following a jump-off with Canada for the medal.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:26
Farrington Leads U.S. in Show Jumping Individual Final at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The Rio 2016 Olympic Games show jumping competition came to a climatic close at Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday, ending in a jump-off to determine the Individual medals. With two clear rounds, Kent Farrington and Voyeur earned a spot in the jump-off for the U.S. along with five other combinations. Farrington and Voyeur ultimately placed fifth overall following two rails down. Teammates McLain Ward and Azur finished tied for ninth and Lucy Davis with Barron completed their Olympic debut with 12 faults in Round A.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:24
Additional $5,000 reward for shooting of three burros in Arizona Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of three wild burros near Lake Pleasant, Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is currently investigating the case, and has previously offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction, bringing the total reward to $7,500.
The Case: According to officials, three wild burros were intentionally shot and killed in the Morgan City Wash, which is just south of the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area.
Aug 22, 2016, 18:20
Normal order restored as Germany takes Olympic Dressage team gold once again
Like re-booting to re-establish a connection, Germany clinched team Dressage gold in considerable style at the Olympic Equestrian Park in Deodoro today. Germany has now won eight of the last nine Olympic team Dressage contests - with only Great Britain spoiling the party on home soil in 2012 - and today’s result brings the Germans overall tally to 13 sets of Olympic team golds.
Already looking like the ones to beat after topping yesterday’s Grand Prix, they stamped their authority all over today’s deciding Grand Prix Special with a team total of 81.936. Great Britain had to settle for silver with 78.595 while Team USA, posting 76.667, fended off the Netherlands for bronze. It was a tough day for the Dutch who lost out on a podium placing by a margin of just 1.15 percentage points.
Aug 17, 2016, 13:28
Fabulous French win Eventing team gold; Germany’s Jung takes second successive individual title
France claimed team gold and Germany’s Michael Jung took his second successive individual title as Olympic Eventing drew to a close at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today.
In a cliff-hanger of a contest it came down to the last four into the arena to decide the team result, and it was the defending champions from Germany who claimed silver with Australia slipping from the overnight lead to take the bronze.
The Australians were in charge as the day began, but with only a 4.5 point advantage over their New Zealand neighbours while the French were just 6.2 further adrift and the Germans were stalking the leading pack over 11 penalty points further behind. France was the only one of the leading sides to go into today’s closing phase with a fully intact four-member team however, and in the end that proved the clincher.
Aug 17, 2016, 13:26
Fighting French fly to victory in Olympic Team Jumping final
France claimed Team Jumping gold for only the second time in the history of the Olympic Games with a brilliant performance at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today. Lying only a single penalty point behind the joint-leaders from Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and USA after yesterday’s first round of competition, they added just two time faults to clinch it this afternoon.
Silver went to Team USA who completed with five faults while Germany won out in a thrilling two-way jump-off against Canada for the bronze. This is only the second French team gold in the history of Olympic Jumping, the first won at Montreal (CAN) in 1976 where the side included Jean-Marcel Rozier whose son, Philippe, was French pathfinder today. “My father was here in Rio, and we are all feeling very proud to have another gold medal in our family!”, Philippe said this afternoon.
Aug 17, 2016, 12:44
Explosive Canter Departures: Learning to let go and allow the horse to move forward
I've learned to recognize the signs of the horse who's afraid of the canter departure. I've seen it many times throughout my career: A "forward" horse (with too much go) works just fine with the rider at the walk and trot, but when cued to canter throws a wall-eyed fit.
To me, an "explosive" canter departure is one where the horse--when cued to canter--throws his head up in an emotional fit, grabs the bit and takes off at a gallop (crow hopping and bucking as he runs increasingly faster). Often the horse will settle into a nice steady canter after 6-8 strides of crow hopping if you ride through the initial drama. That is the hallmark of the horse that is afraid of the cue--it's not cantering that bothers him, it's just the moment of departure.
Aug 17, 2016, 12:40
The California Cowboy- SEX AND MURDER IN THE DESERT by Jim Nichols
The California Cowboy- SEX AND MURDER IN THE DESERT by Jim Nichols
“What are you writing about Honey?” my wife asked as I feverishly pounded away on my 40 year old Olympia typewriter I keep at my remote ranch in the High Sierra Mountains. “Um I’m writing about how to prepare Cowboy Jim mountain oysters” I lied hoping she wouldn’t hover over me and see I was writing about sex and murder in the desert. “Bridle and Bit is a respectable family oriented magazine so don’t say anything which could offend” she cautioned. “Never” I again lied. Here is the deal my faithful readers (all three of you). When I get a story in my head it starts banging like a church bell until I get it out. I know Bridle and Bit is written to and for the horse community. This piece is obliquely grounded in the world of cowboys, Indians, western museums, parades and collectibles. It is venued in the desert and mountains north of Los Angeles. The events are true. One must appreciate memory fades with time but I’m laying it on the plate as accurately as I can.
Aug 17, 2016, 11:47
Trump Campaign Announces Agricultural Advisory Committee
Donald J. Trump is pleased to announce his new Agricultural Advisory Committee. The men and women on the committee will provide pioneering new ideas to strengthen our nations agricultural industry as well as provide support to our rural communities. Mr. Trump understands the critical role our nations agricultural community plays in feeding not only our country, but the world, and how important these Americans are to powering our nations economy.
|Forest Lucas Agricultural Advisory Committee Member|
The formation of the board represents Donald J. Trumps endorsement of these individuals diverse skill sets and ideas that can improve the lives of those in agricultural communities. Mr. Trump has received widespread support from voters who understand he is the only candidate with the best interests of the agricultural community at the heart of his policies.
Aug 16, 2016, 15:10
SANTA ANITA POSTS INCREASED ON-TRACK ATTENDANCE FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW; GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST RECORD NINTH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NOVEMBER
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016)–Santa Anita’s combined Winter/Spring Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in on-track attendance as it gets ready to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.
Although handle figures were on par with last year through April 10, Santa Anita was without live racing for a three week period leading into May 5. In addition to the break in live racing, Santa Anita’s turf course was completely removed and replaced, with the hillside component addressed on June 6 and the turf oval on June 20. These factors combined, contributed to a five percent dip in all sources handle.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:57
SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED NINTH TIME ON NOV. 4 & 5
NEW TURF COURSE AWAITS FANS & HORSEMEN AS SANTA ANITA OFFERS SIX GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP PREPS OVER FIRST TWO WEEKENDS & A TOTAL OF 28 GRADED STAKES OVER COURSE OF 23-DAY MEET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, has announced it will offer a total of 28 graded stakes, including 13 Breeders’ Cup events over the course of its 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 30. (A total of 41 stakes, graded and non, have been scheduled.)
Aug 16, 2016, 14:55
The Tale of Zenyatta is Worth Hearing Again and Again
John Shirreffs calls it his Camelot, those days from late 2007 to late 2010 when he was the keeper of a flame that burned so brightly that it set the Thoroughbred racing world aglow with enthusiasm not seen since the sport’s Triple Crown heydays of Secretariat, Affirmed and Seattle Slew.
Referencing Camelot always triggers this: “One shining moment.” In John’s Camelot it was “one shining moment after another shining moment after another …” You know what’s coming. Those multiple moments revolved around the great race mare Zenyatta – 20 in all.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:52
Chris McCarron Named Pincay Award Recipient for 2016
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, one of racing’s great riders as well as one of its best-liked individuals, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award and will receive the honor in ceremonies at Del Mar on Sunday, August 21.
McCarron, 61, becomes the 13th winner of the Pincay Award, given to those who have served the sport “with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction.” The honor and its handsome trophy will be presented to McCarron by his fellow Hall of Fame rider Pincay, who rode against him for more than two decades in California and called him “as tough a competitor as there was.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:49
Two Winning Pick Six Tickets at Del Mar Pay $267,461 Each
A pair of Pick Six winning tickets Saturday on Del Mar’s races returned a hefty $267,461 apiece to their lucky owners from a total pool of $773,868 at the shore oval.
The winning sequence -- 6-9-9-5-4-5 – started in Race 5 when favored Seve’s Road (with Rafael Bejarano up) paid $8.20. In Race 6 it was Look Twice (Santiago Gonzalez) at $10.80; Race 7 went to Superior Status (Tyler Baze) $31.60; Race 8 – the Grade II Best Pal Stakes – went to even-money favorite Klimt (Bejarano) at $4.00; Race 9 was captured by Brainspin (Gonzalez) at $21.60, and Race 10 went to X S Heat (Gonzalez) at $23.60. Rider Gonzalez, currently second in the Del Mar jockey standings, had four winners on the afternoon.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:47
Get Started Showing AQHA
Showing American Quarter Horses is fun for the entire family, and we want to help you get the most out of your showing experience. Showing is about much more than prizes and the thrill of competition. Whether it’s your profession or your pastime, showing is also very rewarding – the best rewards you’ll carry in your heart for a lifetime. You’ll make lifelong friends who share your passion, and you’ll feel the satisfaction of a job well done. Most importantly, you’ll do it all with the most loyal, responsive, hardworking and willing teammate you’ll ever have – the American Quarter Horse.
Aug 16, 2016, 14:39
AQHA - Become a Judge
Make your mark on the industry as an AQHA-approved judge.
American Quarter Horse judges are held to the highest quality of standards. Apply to be an AQHA-approved judge and help improve the quality and welfare of registered horses in AQHA-approved competition.
The following criteria must be met before becoming an AQHA approved judge:
Have individual, current-year AQHA membership and be a member in
Aug 16, 2016, 14:38