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America's HorseSeptember 4, 2013
What are you missing in the September edition of America's Horse magazine?
Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Macaroni and cheese. Spaghetti and meatballs. Chips and salsa. Some things just naturally go together.
Well, here’s one more for you: Kids and horses.
The September issue of America’s Horse magazine celebrates that magic pairing with several stories, including one from AQHA President Johne Dobbs of Champaign, Illinois. Johne herself grew up as a horse-crazy kid, then she raised a couple of them – and now she is working hard to open up that opportunity for all children.
“We want to be inclusive of all kids who love a four-legged animal with a long tail,” Johne says. “That’s my tag-line.”
Fittingly, her America’s Horse story is titled “Welcoming All Horse-Crazy Kids.”
The September cover features one of the cutest lead-liners you’ll ever see, and her family has quite an interesting history. Little Kaitlyn Fisher and her mother, Molly, are related to the historical figure Sam Houston. And as they recently learned, their Zippo Pat Bars-bred horses are related to Sam Houston’s famous stallion, Copperbottom. It’s a history lesson plus a cuteness-overload, all in one.
AQHA life member Sue Hemphill submitted a story for the September issue about one of her students. Tristen Larison came to her seven years ago with several special-needs diagnoses, but horses became a lifeline for him.
Now 16, he is thriving with his buddy, Freckles Gold Chase, and Sue writes that “their story demonstrates that the dedication of a parent to her child and a child’s relationship with a horse can be more effective and therapeutic at combating childhood disorders than any medicine.”There’s no argument that horses are good medicine, or that they can become full members of the family.
Morgan McCarthy Warda can attest to the latter; she and her horse, Mea Major Mito, have been together for her entire life. Morgan was born in 1993, and “Wilson” was born the year before, bred by Morgan’s mother. The two of them started in lead-line classes in 1996, and they’re still showing together today.
They’ve qualified for three AQHYA World Championship Shows, and Morgan is now competing as an amateur.
“It’s hard to express how much that one horse has brought to my life and done for me,” Morgan says. “I definitely would not be the person I am today without him.”
If you can relate to that sentiment, then you’re among a community of friends. In every issue, America’s Horse celebrates the horse-human bond and strives to help readers enjoy their horses – and their horse community – to the fullest.
America’s Horse goes exclusively to AQHA members 10 times a year as a member benefit and is brought to you in part by AQHA’s corporate partners. Another great feature you’ll find in the magazine is a list of members-only discounts from the corporate partners. Saving a little money is always a good thing, and your $40 annual AQHA membership offers benefits worth many times that amount!
With a host of great benefits – including, of course, America’s Horse magazine – we hope you’ll join the American Quarter Horse community. Visit www.aqha.com/membership or www.aqha.com/americashorse for more.
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