Inside Look

The January Journal salutes the committed breeders of American Quarter Horses.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
January 2, 2013

January 2013 American Quarter Horse Journal

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About this time each year, a special group of people have flipped through the pages of the The American Quarter Horse Journal, rolled up their sleeves and stabbed their forefingers down on the pictures of the stallions they’ve chosen to match with their mares. They’ve done it for 50 years.

That’s commitment.

And each year, they were rewarded with a foal crop of American Quarter Horses.

That’s a great reward for their commitment, but it’s also a gift to you and me.

My Quarter Horse mare – the prettiest filly in Texas (because I’m biased) – didn’t come from nowhere. She came from a breeder.

Probably yours did, too.

In October, we recognized our AQHA 50-year breeders and their long-term commitment to Quarter Horses at a special dinner. Those of us at AQHA headquarters were lucky enough to meet the folks who, for the last 50 years, have stuck by the Quarter Horse and hear their stories. We’ve written them down and put them in our magazine this month. It’s our honor, and we share it with you, as a gift.

World Show

We met another group of committed people at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show. As always, we meet so many fantastic, dedicated exhibitors during the World Show that it’s impossible to share all their stories. We’ve captured a few amid the bright lights and excitement of the World Show in Oklahoma City, and you can find some of those stories later in the magazine as well. What we couldn’t fit in the Journal, you can find at www.aqha.com/worldshow.

Your Journal staff was there for 18 days, and I hope you had a chance to say “Hey” to us. If you didn’t, there are just 11 months – counting this one – before the next World Show. We’d love to see you there.

We’re also on the road this month, traveling to shows to continue telling stories about the Quarter Horse. You can catch us at the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas; the National Western Stock Show in Denver; the Gulf Coast Circuit in Tampa, Florida; the Sun Country Circuit in Arizona; and the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions in San Angelo, Texas.

You can always find the latest news on the showing world – and keep track of where your Journal staff has been – by going to www.aqha.com/showing.