The Rundown: Quotable Quotes

The March issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal is chock-full of memorable quotes.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
March 15, 2012

Quarter Horse Journal March 2012

“It’s hard for me to believe that a horse that was raised here could do that." – Carolyn Bay, owner of Cold Cash 123, the 2011 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse, featured on the March Journal cover and on Page 40.

Back in January, I got the bright idea to roundup my favorite quotes from The American Quarter Horse Journal, and the result was “Quotable Quotes.” Since then, I’ve been hooked and I can’t help but share the insight featured in the Journal every month.

As an American Quarter Horse enthusiast, I hope you’ll enjoy stories like Pamela Britton-Baer’s account in the March Journal of clipping in winter. We’ve all been there: You take one swipe with the clippers and – Voila! – your result is a masterpiece. You get into the clipping groove, and the next thing you know, you’ve gone too far and your horse is ill-fit for public display. 

“My horse always seems to grow a coat in the winter. For some reason, I always think I can disguise said coat with clippers. I should know better. It starts out innocently enough. My horse grows some serious jowl-hair, so I think, “No problem, I’ll just take a little swipe here.” That ends up looking so good, I take another swipe, and then another and another. It’s as if I get drunk on clipping. When I finally come to my senses, it’s only to admit that my horse’s jaw looks like a patchwork quilt … or a map of the United States. Oh, look, there’s Florida right by his nose. Terrific.” – Columnist Pamela Britton-Baer in “Showing in Winter” on Page 128.

There are many more insights in the March Journal that I’m sure you’ll relate to, like this quote from recent American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Bob Loomis:

“There are people who love horses, and there are people who love what horses can do for them. I love horses.” – Reining legend Bob Loomis on Page 51.

Kick back and enjoy the best of what the March Journal has to offer.

  • “As people, we give all kinds of thought and time to relationships but can fail when it comes to our horses. They require at least as much time to build a relationship. With that time and effort comes a feel for the soreness that might show up in your horse. An effective relationship that includes trust can create a confidence between you and your horse that allows you to know when something is wrong, or off, or just isn’t right.” – Add Waddell in “Don’t Sour That Horse” on Page 178.
  • “(Horse shows) should be friendly, fun and fair. If they are, you’re on the path to success. My favorite spot at a show is the gate. There, I have the opportunity to urge people to enter classes they might otherwise pass on, and I get results like the little girl who called me afterward to say, ‘Thank you for encouraging me to enter the showmanship class – I won!’ ” – Show manager Mark Harrell in “Quarter Chat: Mark Harrell” on Page 140.
  • “It’s hard for me to believe that a horse that was raised here could do that. It almost takes my breath away, thinking of all those decisions over all these years would result in something like this. It was just thrilling. And humbling, too, to think this could happen.” – Carolyn Bay, breeder and owner of Cold Cash 123, the 2011 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse; Carolyn and her husband, Walter, race Cold Cash 123 under the stable name of T-Bill Stables Inc. The 3-year-old world champion is featured on this month’s Journal cover and in “Carolyn’s Cash” on Page 40.
  • “It’s amazing how life-shaping, youthful lessons come from hauling horses.” – AQHA Past President Don Burt in “Hauler’s Ed” on Page 12.
  • “The birth of a foal is one of the most extraordinary events a horse owner can experience. Good preparation will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest.” –  Dr. Thomas R. Lenz in “Foaling Preparation” on Page 10.
  • “We had this really old stock trailer, and my dad had somebody paint it to match the truck. It was this really bright blue, and it was beautiful to us. But we thought people would make fun of us. But my mom would always say, ‘Don’t you kids worry about that. It’s not what we pull into the show in, it’s what we pull out of the trailer that really matters.’ ” – Kristi Stewart-Banter recalls showing as a youth with her two siblings and parents, Dennis and Beth Stewart, in “Remembering the Ol’ Blue Trailer” on Page 100.
  • “Then Cold Cash 123 won the world championship. We thought he would, but you never know what could happen. We got his daddy, and we had a sign made before ‘Cold Cash’ won (to advertise the championship), but somebody said ‘Oh you shouldn’t do it, you might jinx him.’ But it was sweet. You always see other farms that produce a world champion from a sire in their barn do that kind of thing, and it’s a great thing.” – Ryan Robicheaux, manager of Robicheaux Ranch, in “Making Runners” on Page 196.
  • “As kids, my brother and I ran a popcorn and peanut stand at the local sale barn. By the time I was 11, I’d saved $5 and kept it hidden at home. One Friday, I went to the sale barn and – as usual – rode the ponies and small horses, to get them ready for the sale. I fell in love with a little blue roan mare. When I asked the manager how much they wanted for her, he said $55 – a fortune! I told him that I had $5, and I’d give him $3 and pay him $1 a week for the next 52 weeks. He put his hand out, and we shook on it. I named her ‘Dandy’ and brought her home.” – American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Gordon Hannagan on Page 49.
  • “I remember her with a lot of pride. She was awfully special. To us, (Indigo Illusion) was always a champion – every single day.” – AQHA Past President Jerry Windham, owner of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Indigo Illusion, on Page 52.
  • “He was a gentleman. He was a stakes horse, and he was all business … He was just a perfect horse to ride. He knew his job, and he did it. And it wasn’t that he got it from repetition or training – it was kind of natural. He just naturally knew what his job was.” – Jockey Alvin “Bubba” Brossette remembers American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Streakin La Jolla on Page 53.
  • “Hollywood Dun It had that little special spark. He had such eye-appeal and he tried to please you constantly. I think he could play today. With the different training methods we have, I know he’d be even better.” – Reining legend Tim McQuay remembers American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Hollywood Dun It on Page 54.
  • “I have a great admiration for the American Quarter Horse. An athlete is an athlete, and I personally think there are so many great horses in all the individual events, whether it be cutting, jumping, roping, whatever, you can admire each one of them. In the years I have been in the industry, I’ve seen a lot of horses come and go, and you never forget them.” – AQHA Professional Horsewoman Sandra “Sandy” Vaughn in “The Wish List” on Page 58.
  • “With AQHA’s new leveling program, it gives more exhibitors choices for where they can start showing. The leveling program gives an exhibitor a better fit for his or her comfort and experience level.” – AQHA Professional Horseman Denny Hassett in “Fit the Horse to the Human” on Page 106.
  • “I’m a fan of the patterns encouraging riders to use the arena to the best of their abilities. I think that freedom is important because different horses are going to be able to do things different ways … AQHA is allowing people to use the arena and use their minds to best suit their horse.” – AQHA Professional Horseman Robin Frid reflects on new trends in horsemanship patterns in “Brave New World” on Page 133.

Did I miss a great quote from the March Journal? Let me know at tchristiansen@aqha.org.

The Rundown – 2012 Archive

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  • 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.
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