InStride Edition at the AQHA World Show 2013

InStride Edition at the AQHA World Show 2013

Spirits are up and sights are set high as the AQHA World Championship Show is now in full swing for the 40th year. During its two weeks of competition from Nov. 8-23 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the show will crown 98 new World Champions in amateur and open competition of […]

Wade Parks Hitched His Wagon to a ‘Star’ in Farnam 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stakes

Wade Parks Hitched His Wagon to a ‘Star’ in Farnam 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stakes

Wade Parks is having one heckuva year.   The 28-year-old married his sweetheart and training partner Carley Veldman on July 13, and in September won the Reichert Celebration Color Classic 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure riding Sensational Design with his bride taking reserve on My Sensational Star.   Then, on November 9, Wade did it again, riding […]

Ranch Pleasure Changes

Ranch Pleasure Changes

Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas, piloted Lil Ruf Catalyst to the first world championship in ranch pleasure at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show. Watch their entire winning performance in the video below. (Journalphoto) With the resounding success of ranch pleasure, it’s only fitting that more is on the horizon for the class in 2014. […]

For Megan Overberg Faith plays an important roll in success

For Megan Overberg Faith plays an important roll in success

For nearly her entire youth career, 17-year-old Megan Overberg’s partner in the American Quarter Horse Association show pen has been Invitation To Show, a 1996 brown gelding she calls “Little Bit.” During that time, most of Overberg’s friends and fellow competitors have changed horses once, twice and even three times. The Hillsboro, Ohio native  readily […]

Honest evaluation of yearlings

Honest evaluation of yearlings

It is that time of year… Congress has come and gone, and the World Shows are upon us. It is the culmination of months and years of hard work for many horses, their owners and trainers. However, it is also that time of year when owners and trainers begin to evaluate and make plans for […]

Petty’s designs start with a story

Petty’s designs start with a story

They say a “once in a lifetime” horse stays with you forever. So what better way to remember that special horse than to always have a part of him or her with you. Lou Petty, of Ocala, Florida,  has been involved in the horse industry for 31 years and has had more than one “special” […]

Leveling Program

Leveling Program

Changes to the AQHA leveling program – driven by exhibitor feedback – are on the way for 2014. Many of those changes are directed at what had been known as theNovice and Rookie levels, and 2014 will see the reintroduction of the mid-levels. To collect exhibitor feedback, the AQHA Blue-Ribbon Task Force worked with Mallory Vestal, Ph.D., of […]

Schroeder Ranch dispersal sale featured on Nov. 9 in Texas

Schroeder Ranch dispersal sale featured on Nov. 9 in Texas

In 1989 Joan and Robbie Schroeder left Bob Perry Quarter Horses, home of Zippo Pine Bar, to establish their own identity in Gainesville, Texas, the heart of horse country. For the next 20-plus years they committed themselves to their vision of producing and training some of the very best horses for competition in Western Pleasure, […]

Novice Championships

Novice Championships

Several qualifying methods exist for competitors seeking an invitation to the 2014 Nutrena East and SmartPak West AQHA Novice championship shows. The qualifying period for the 2014 Novice Championships is July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. Competitors may qualify through either national or state methods, and qualifiers may choose which of the two Novice Championships to attend. To […]

Tar Heel Fall Classic

Tar Heel Fall Classic

  Futurity season came to a close with the Tar Heel Fall Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina. Judges for this year’s event included Joe Carter, Mike Hawkins, Ryan Kail and Margo Ball. The show boasted a 2-year-old jackpot where 100% of the purse was paid back. There was also a $500 bonus for the highest placing […]

Abby Floyd: A fierce competitor in and out of the arena

Abby Floyd: A fierce competitor in and out of the arena

In both horse shows and pageants, judges evaluate contestants and compare them to others. They’re picking out things that set competitors apart and make them better than someone else. At 17, Abby Floyd is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World and Reserve World Champion and in January she was crowned Miss Arkansas Teen […]

The MacDonalds welcome daughter

The MacDonalds welcome daughter

InStride Edition columnist Dr. Tanis MacDonald Walker DVM and her husband, Rob, welcomed a daughter, on Sept. 19. The new arrival, named Katherine Frances Walker, weighed in at 8 pounds and was 21 inches at birth. She is the first child for the couple who reside in Greenwood, Delaware. Dr. Tanis graduated from the Atlantic […]