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 […]

Creating designs that wow in the pen

Creating designs that wow in the pen

Brenda Arnold was bitten by what she calls the “bling bug” when her own children started to display an interest in showing horses. As the daughter of a German farmer, she was taught that necessity is the mother of invention. So when her daughter, Courtney was 5 years old she called upon her creative instincts […]

Olivia Hoecker’s Pine Meadow is part of the family

Olivia Hoecker’s Pine Meadow is part of the family

Olivia Hoecker is quick to tell you – Pine Meadow Quarter Horses is more than just a farm; it’s a family, a family of which she is extremely proud. Hoecker fell in love with horses at an early age but never dreamed she would own the successful operation she has literally built from the ground […]

WPQHA 4th of July

WPQHA 4th of July

   

Beating The Heat During The Summer

Beating The Heat During The Summer

Summer is the season for horse shows… and also for extremely hot and humid weather. Making sure your equine partner is comfortable during summer hauling and horse showing will make for a more successful show season. Your number one priority should be to make sure that your horse has access to clean, fresh water on […]

Building A Better Broodmare Band

Building A Better Broodmare Band

      Dan & Carol McWhirter   American Quarter Horse Association Leading Breeders, Dan and Carol McWhirter, have developed a breeding program that paved the path of the modern Western Pleasure horse. The Big Investment and AQHA Hall of Fame stallion, The Invester, were just the first in a long line of sires from […]

Does Size Really Matter in the Hunter Under Saddle pen?

Does Size Really Matter in the Hunter Under Saddle pen?

Is bigger really better? That’s long been the question at the center of Hunter Under Saddle competition. From weekend shows to World Championship events, owners, riders and spectators have had sometimes heated debates over whether it is necessary to have a 17-hand-plus mount to be called to the top of a judge’s line up. Trainers […]

Tom Powers Futurity

Tom Powers Futurity

   

The Tidwells balance family and showing

The Tidwells balance family and showing

Watching Michael and Justine Tidwell at a horse show is like attending an elaborately choreographed ballet. Michael straps a helmet on their 7-year-old son, Ross, and supervises a bike ride behind the barn while Justine takes a lesson from their trainer, Jason English, on Cowboysainteasytoluv. When she’s finished, Michael saddles up his mare, Silk N […]

Vaquero line geared toward men

Vaquero line geared toward men

For 27 years Berry Fit Company has been setting trends and outfitting top riders in all disciplines.  Owners Polly Vandall and Carolyn Berry are experts when it comes to making women look their best in the show pen. We all know that when you know you look your best, everyone notices.  Now, men too will […]

Friendship survives a decade and a move back to Germany

Friendship survives a decade and a move back to Germany

When they met 10 years ago at a bonfire in the neighborhood, Virginia Owen and Sarah Peter had no idea of the type of bond that would form between the two.   Sarah was new to the area. She and her family had just moved to Greenville, South Carolina from Germany because of her father’s […]