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– Thoroughbreds –
Built for Speed

thoroughbred horsesSince the 17th century people of royal heritage have enjoyed racing horses. In the royal stables the king always kept some “running horses”. In the kingdom, horses were used for plowing fields, carriages and pulling carts. The special running horses were developed for what we now call the Sport of Kings – Thoroughbred racing. The thoroughbred horse was developed in England from the Irish Hobby horse, horses of Spanish blood and some Arabian lineage. Thoroughbreds come in solid colors stand 15.2 to 16.3 hands tall and have a fine head and elegant neck. They have strong muscled hindquarters with clean legs. Even though thoroughbreds are traditionally used for racing they are well suited for cross country eventing competitions and show jumping. The Jockey Club is the organization that is the official record keeper of all registered Thoroughbred horses. Thoroughbreds as a breed can be a bit temperamental and flighty in general, but we all know each horse is a unique individual, if a person is looking to buy a thoroughbred, she should take into account what job she would like the horse to do. There certainly are thoroughbreds who are easygoing and more docile.

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american pharroah

FINALLY - a Triple Crown Winner After 37 Years! - American Pharroah

The Triple Crown refers to three tough races for thoroughbred horses. In order to be considered a Triple Crown winner one horse has to win all three races, which are the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness. These races are different lengths and the horses have a shorter amount of time to get ready for reach one. The horse, America Pharroah, proved to have special talent and heart to be crowned the winner of all three races this year. His trainer Bob Baffert has had other successful horses in races but never a Triple Crown winner. Baffert started out in the horse industry as a jockey on quarter horses. But one day Bob was talking to his mentor Bobby Adair another jockey. Bob Baffert thought he was not good enough to be a Quarter horse jockey. Jockeys are smaller people and Bob was still growing at 14 years old. Thankfully Adair told Bob “If you think you are not good enough then quit, because it is a very dangerous sport.” Do you have a mentor who you follow in their profession or listen to their advice? Mentors only want the best for a person and do no harm.

Bob decided to take Adair’s advice and become a trainer of racing quarter horses and then he switched to thoroughbreds. Baffert has had many horses in the winner’s circle both in quarter horse and thoroughbred racing. To read more about Bob Baffert and his career with horses, look in the May 2015 issue of AQHA’s America’s Horse magazine. Congratulations go to Bob Baffert, his team and American Pharoah for bringing us a thrilling triple crown run.

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Good Horsemanship Match Up

Write the letter in the blank beside
the reason for practicing habits
of good horsemanship.

• Wear a safety helmet
• Wear boots with a heel
• Wear fitted and protective clothing
• Groom and check the horse
   before saddling
• Check your tack.
• Let someone know where you
   are riding, when you will return
   home and who you are with.


_____Keep you horse clean and checked for anything that might cause him to be uncomfortable or harmed during the ride.

_____In case of emergency, it is always a god idea for someone else to know your whereabouts.

_____A loose girth, twisted straps, or poorly fitted bridle and bit can cause big problems.

_____Clothes should be fitted enough not to catch on anything, protective and comfortable to ride in.

_____Protecting your head might save you from making a trip to the hospital and save your life.

_____ Heeled boots keep the foot safely in the stirrup. Smooth soles are best because they slide in and out of the stirrup easily.

(Pg.233, Junior Master Horseman Handbook: Level 1)

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Silly Stuff

Q: What do you call a horse
    that lives next door?

A: A neigh-bor! 

Q: What disease was the horse
    scared of getting?

A: Hay fever!

Q: Which side of the horse
    has the most hair?

A: The outside!

Q. When do vampires like horse racing?

A. When it's neck and neck.


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October 22 – 25, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas
Please come and join us at our annual conference this year.
Student rate is only $45 a day!

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