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The Rundown: Quotable Quotes

Kick back and enjoy the best quotes from the February issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
February 13, 2012

Jernigan Peake and Johnny Brazil

"If you make them light in the bridle, feel their rhythm, know where they’re putting their feet and align them correctly, you’ll be ready to do anything; you’ll always be riding a good horse.” – Johnny Brazil Jr., 90, on Page 154 (Photo courtesy of NRCHA)

Have you flipped through the pages of the February 2012 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal? What you’re sure to find in the Journal is a plethora of great quotes on western lifestyles, horse care and training insight, all with one great common thread – the American Quarter Horse.

So kick back and enjoy the best of what the February Journal has to offer:

  • “Go slowly and take your time. Horses are creatures of habit, and if you get in a bind by going too fast, it will take you much more time to undo it. If you make them light in the bridle, feel their rhythm, know where they’re putting their feet and align them correctly, you’ll be ready to do anything; you’ll always be riding a good horse.” – Johnny Brazil Jr. in “Legends: Johnny Brazil Jr.” on Page 154.
  • “I earned money picking strawberries until I’d saved $1,500 (an enormous amount to a 15-year-old!) and purchased a Quarter Horse gelding named Speck Red. He was 3 years old and already had packed into the mountains. My friend had a young stud, and we’d load them onto the back of a flatbed truck and we’d go down the road to compete in gymkhanas.” – Decorated halter competitor and breeder Candace Jussen in “Amateur Spotlight: Candace Jussen” on Page 100.
  • “The only problem was the kids would decide they liked my horse, and somehow it’d become their horse! They’d complain to their dad, ‘Mom’s riding my horse again!’ ” – Michelle Hecht in “A Hecht of a Horse Life” on Page 130.
  • “Riding takes work. This is a sport, and it’s called a sport because you’re an athlete. You ride on an athlete, and you, as an equestrian, are an athlete. As riders, we need to think more like athletes, instead of thinking of this as a hobby and we are passengers on the horse who is the athlete. The rider and the horse are an athletic team, and to be an athletic team, and to be effective as a horse-rider team, you both have to be in the best shape possible.” – AQHA judge Kenda Pipkin in “Fit to Ride” on Page 138.
  • “Winning something like this is incredibly hard to do. You have to celebrate a win like this because there can be some long dry spells in between wins. A win like this one re-energizes you. This is why we do it, and this is what keeps us going. I’ve threated to quit this game before, but I’ve never done it. I don’t quit because it’s a dream to win something like this. Tonight that dream came true.” – Tom Bradbury, part-owner and breeder of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner I Like The Odds in “I Like a Million” on Page 190.
  • “I think AQHA needs to continue working to be the umbrella organization: That’s how we’re going to be the horse resource for the world. We shouldn’t worry about competing with other breeds and horse organizations; we need to work together as a horse industry to increase interest in horses in this country and make sure that horses are viable as a recreational outlet throughout the next century. The more people we can get horseback, the better. AQHA can help facilitate that for many of the horse organizations, and I’m confident that our horse will continue to see demand.” – AQHA President Peter J. Cofrancesco III in “The Jersey Connection” on Page 44.
  • “With most gates, you shouldn’t have to back all the way to Nebraska and reach halfway out of your saddle to get through it. To maintain your proper form riding any gate, just think about trying to keep the cattle in, and plus that score.” – AQHA Professional Horseman Cynthia Cantleberry on properly opening a gate in competition from “Borrow a Trainer” on Page 126.
  • “The biggest enjoyment in breeding these mares for me is trying to cross them up genetically and waiting to see what I get, if my choices worked. I love that challenge.” – Donna Davis, an AQHA 10-year breeder, in “Futurity Parents” on Page 94.
  • “It’s a nice combination of western pleasure, western riding, trail and reining, because it has the optional maneuvers. It’s a working horse class. The winner should be a working horse that’s a pleasure to ride.” – AQHA Director of Judges Alex Ross describes what’s required of a horse and rider competing in ranch pleasure in “A New Pleasure” on Page 176.
  • “Equine gastric ulcer syndrome is just another aspect of total health management for athletes, and the difference between acknowledging the problem and ignoring it can be the difference between a healthy and happy horse and a sick, poor-doing horse, or the difference between winning and losing. Remember that taking care of the horse is job No. 1. Everything else is secondary.” – Dr. Steve Fisch in “Stomach Ulcers” on Page 58.
  • “I know that people look at AQHA’s annual report and think that the Association should drain every last penny from the (AQHA) Incentive Fund each year, but you can’t do that. It’s more like an endowment fund or a 401(k). You have to have seed money to help it grow.” – Diane Chilton-Harper, owner of the stallion Radical Rodder, in “A Bigger Incentive” on Page 68.
  • “Versatility ranch horse fits my personality. I like an all-around horse. If I need to pull something, I can. If I need to step off and work on something, my horse should stand there until I finish. If I need to work a cow or rope, I can. It’s a great program, and it just happened to be at the right time in my life that I could go with it.” – Dr. Edgell Pyles, a versatility ranch horse competitor, in “Living the Adventure” on Page 166.
  • “So how did all those mares from the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s contribute to today’s champions? Myrtle Dee’s son Three Bars is the Thoroughbred grandsire of Dash For Cash – ’nuff said there. Three Bars also sired Lena’s Bar, whose son Easy Jet sired both sons and daughters leading to today’s contenders and himself is a son of Three Bars’ granddaughter Miss Night Bar. Lightfoot Sis helped through her world champion son Go Man Go, and FL Lady Bug did the same through her son Lady Bug’s Moon, the maternal grandsire of First Down Dash’s mama. And Do Good was the mare on which the Vessels family built their empire. OK, so what does all this mean? That good horses, like good people, have good mothers? Well, I can’t say where I rank on the scale of bad-to-good, but I do know one more thing: I had a great mother.” – Richard Chamberlain, senior writer for the Journal, in “Quarter Paths: Good Mamas” on Page 184.

And one last closing thought:

“We’ve always had them, but the reason we’ve stayed with Quarter Horses is because of their versatility. You can do anything with a Quarter Horse, especially certain families of Quarter Horses.” – Jim Hunt, co-owner of Open Box Rafter Ranch in “Under the Open Box Rafter Sky” on Page 172.

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