The Rundown: Quotable Quotes

The secrets to horsemanship, raising a champion and learning from AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm are unlocked in the April Journal.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
April 23, 2012

April 2012 American Quarter Horse Journal

Did you have a favorite quote from the April Journal? Let me know at tchristiansen@aqha.org.

How true is this statement? “We learn the most from those who expect the most.” I, for one, am in total agreement with that sage insight from AQHA Professional Horseman Stephanie Lynn on Page 192 of April issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

In “Demand Excellence,” an abridged excerpt from Stephanie’s book “A Lifetime Affair: Lessons Learned Living my Passion,” she describes the rollercoaster that was working with AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm.

“I could not brush a horse suitably, saddle one quick enough or wrap a longe line correctly. Tired and a little homesick, I wondered why I had been hired if my skills were so inept,” Stephanie recalls.

Through the trials and tribulations of her time spent working for Lynn, Stephanie learned a multitude of lessons that she shares in the pages of the Journal.

“I am forever grateful that Lynn never felt compelled to apologize for demanding excellence in those around her,” she writes.

One of the biggest critics I’ve had to face in my life is the formidable Don Murphy.

When I was 17, I started riding with “Murph.” From his loud … um … coaching … came my world championship in working cow horse at the 2006 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Murph’s ranch outside of Marietta, Oklahoma, was my weekend escape during college (since my own parents lived about 2,000 miles away), and I enjoyed any chance I could get to cross the Red River and glean knowledge from one of the most respected trainers in reined cow horse history.

But let me tell you, it was tough. There was no excuse like, “But Murph, I haven’t worked cattle in eight months!” No – I was expected to brush those cobwebs from my brain, sit my butt in the saddle and pray to the cow gods that I wouldn’t fall off and be trampled by a stir-crazy heifer, because that would have yielded fodder for endless years of ridicule.

There’s a herd of other people who agree with my addiction to Don Murphy criticism, such as Terri Wells of Livermore, California.

Terri wrote to me a few months ago in response to my blog, “The Look.”

“I am and always will be a ‘Murphy kid,’ ” Terri admitted. “I was one of those students who tended to get a lot of loud encouragement and looks at times. I would never trade a minute of that for anything!”

Like Terri, I’ve been looking forward to the release of the April Journal for one reason in particular: “Quarter Chat: Don Murphy” on Page 202.

One of my favorite answers to my questions posed to Don was, “What does the word ‘horsemanship’ mean to you?” It takes a true horseman to answer, “To think like a horse and treat it like a partner.”

Don’s and Stephanie’s quotes weren’t the only great ones in the April Journal – here’s a roundup of my favorite quotes from this month’s Journal.

  • “You can have all the money in the world to buy a good horse, but you’ve still got to be a good rider to make it a champion.” – J.R. Reichert, breeder of Certify This Chex, the 2011 Markel Insurance All-Around Youth champion mount. Read more about Brianna Tamulewicz and Certify This Chex on pages 108 and 114.
  • “Anyone should be willing to help out a beginner. That’s what makes the horse world work: bringing in new and fresh people. We need that in our industry to keep it going.” – Deb Iserman in “Taking Care of Baby” on Page 166.
  • “First, we must examine the relationship between women and horses. It is a mystical attachment. Maybe it goes back to the Garden of Eve. The horse was the only beast that understood Eve’s craving for apples.” – Baxter Black in “The Cowboy and the Vet” on Page 232.
  • “I’ve spoken several times about my belief in the bottom line (of a pedigree), how important it is. I believe in this Born Lopin line so much: I have this daughter I bought back at 16, and the younger daughter I have is 4. I won’t sell either one of them.” – Joan Schroeder breeder of One Pretty Blaze, the dam of Hours Yours And Mine. With owner Kaleena Weakly in the saddle, Hours Yours And Mine won the 2011 Bank of America All-Around Amateur High-Point award. Read more on about this duo on pages 98 and 104.
  • “It’s helping to convey that AQHA is changing in a positive way, responding to the industry needs and responding quickly and productively, with input from the exhibitors.” – Jan Bruner, Silver Dollar Circuit show manager about the AQHA leveling program on Page 139.
  • “When you walk in her stall, she puts her ears up, and she’s so happy to see you. She’s a happy horse. you see it, you feel it, you know it.” – AQHA Professional Horseman Charlie Cole about Vital Signs Are Good, the 2011 AQHA All-Around High-Point Senior Horse. Read more about Vital Signs Are Good and the early days of her show career on page 118 and 124.
  • “We have made some significant progress in the past, but we need to do more. The public and our membership demands it, our horses deserve it.”  – Jim Heird, AQHA Animal Welfare Commission chairman, in “Priority No. 1” on Page 144.  
  • “When it dawned on me that ‘Boon Dox’ was actually a little bored with our routine, I started doing more and asking more of him – and he liked it more, and that made him want to do more. The busier Boon Dox got, the happier he was. And the more he showed, the better he got!” – AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates about Streakin Boon Dox, the 2011 Bank of America All-Around High-Point Junior and AQHA Overall Year-end High-Point Horse. Read more about this “whole package” stallion on pages 128 and 134.
  • “That showed us that the system will work. It will work for those horses that need a place to show. It will make our clients happy to take those horses down the road to help get them more finished, and give (our clients) something for their money: prizes and points and (AQHA) Incentive Fund money.” – Jill Briggs about the AQHA leveling program on Page 139.
  • “One of my dreams has always been to raise a great-big, pretty, nice horse like we all like to look at and ride, that you could do anything on – a beautiful horse that everybody likes and you could show at halter, you could get on him and drag calves or team rope on him, and take him to the racetrack and win a big race. That’s my idea of the all-around horse. And that’s kind of where we’re headed with this horse – hopefully.” – AQHA Executive Committee Member Johnny Trotter about his homebred colt, Alpha Eagle, on Page 171.

Did you have a favorite quote from the April Journal? Let me know at tchristiansen@aqha.org.

The Rundown – 2012 Archive

  • People "Like" Us – The American Quarter Horse industry really is just one big social network.
  • The Bright Side – In a world of doom and gloom, our industry’s young competitors provide a good deal of bright.
  • A Great Granddam – Here's to you, Fillinic, and your induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
  • My Apologies, Mr. Fence – Why can’t they just do horse-y yoga or at least something productive (aside from destroying my barn)?
  • Thanks, Mom – Moms have a knack for putting things into perspective.
  • Quotable Quotes – The secrets to horsemanship, raising a champion and learning from AQHA Professional Horseman Lynn Palm are unlocked in the April Journal.
  • Quotable Quotes – The March issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal is chock-full of memorable quotes.
  • Small-Time – You don’t have to be big-time to win big things in AQHA competition.
  • "The Look" – Do you know what “the Look” is?
  • Riding For a Cure – These organizations have two things in common: horses and aiding cancer patients.
  • Quotable Quotes – Kick back and enjoy the best quotes from the February issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
  • The Breeders – One of the strengths that The American Quarter Horse Journal has is its contacts with American Quarter Horse breeders, and we pack each issue with those contacts.
  • Go, Matt! – In just a few more days, Matt Budge, winner of the 2011 Battle in the Saddle World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout, will take on the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman competition.
  • News Roundup – The show industry says goodbye to great horses, hello to a smartphone app and free medical procedures.