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The Rundown Archive

Enjoy the latest show industry news, insights and anecdotes from AQHA Internet Editor Tara Matsler.

2014

Tara Christiansen and her gelding, TC Lena
Enjoy horse-showing quips, quotes and anecdotes from AQHA Internet Editor Tara Matsler.
  • Those #AQHAProud Moments (June 25) – What makes you a proud owner of an American Quarter Horse? AQHA's Tara Matsler rounds up of some of your #AQHAProud moments.
  • Heritage Behind Ranching (June 12) – KT Ranch and Longhorn Cattle Co. of eastern Washington prove that ranchers aren't the kind of folks who just sit by idly.
  • Mare-a-thon (April 17) – Broodmare owners deserve a nod of respect and a cup of coffee raised in salute.
  • Game Face (February 3) – From Peyton Manning to the Seattle Seahawks’ defense, a look at the sports psychology behind Super Bowl XLVIII will benefit horse-show competitors.

2013

2012

  • 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.

2011

  • Quotable Quotes –The first issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal for 2012 yields great fodder for insightful quotes.
  • Holiday Pounds – As you’re counting calories around the holidays, don’t forget to keep your horse’s weight in mind, too.
  • Back to Aggieland – A story in the December issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal takes AQHA Internet Editor Tara Christiansen back to Texas A&M University and pairs her with former teammate Carey Nowacek.
  • Twelve Days of Christmas – Save hundreds with AQHA’s 12 Days of Christmas.
  • AQHA World Show Roundup –With Bank of America Amateur Week over and FedEx Open Week just winding up, get caught up on the happenings at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
  • AQHA World Show Roundup – We’re only halfway through Bank of America Amateur Week at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show and there’s already a lot to report.
  • Raise Your Own –A great question is asked in the November issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal: Why not raise your own show horse?
  • Our Gift to You – For the month of November only, any American Quarter Horse enthusiast can enjoy Journal Plus for free.
  • Long Live Cowgirls – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, will induct eight women for 2011.
  • News Roundup – Get the latest show industry news with The Rundown.
  • Cutting History – The National Cutting Horse Association Futurity is celebrating its 50th year in a style you won’t soon forget.
  • News Roundup –There's a new NRHA $1 million sire, entries are announced for the $100,000-added NRHA Open World Championship Shootout, the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza wraps up and more. 
  • Congress Time – The All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, is more than just the largest single breed open show – it’s a whole lot of fun.
  • To Foreign Lands – In the October issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal, the Journal asks, “Where have American Quarter Horses taken you?”
  • News Roundup – Check out highlights from the Reichert Celebration and find out about record-setting cutting scores and breakthroughs in the reined cow horse industry.
  • Another "TC" – Just when we thought we had enough “TCs” in the Christiansen family, we find out that we’ve got another.
  • Recognition Where It's Due – No matter where you are, you can follow the Adequan Select World Championship Show online.
  • News Roundup – Summer is almost over, but show season is in full bloom. Check out some of the top horse shows going on around the world.
  • Creating a Masterpiece – A great reined cow horse bridle horse (or any horse for that matter) is a masterpiece that isn’t made overnight.
  • News Roundup – Check out the latest headlines from the roping, reined cow horse and cutting industries with The Rundown.
  • Youth World Facts – There’s a lot to see and do at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
  • News Roundup – From American Quarter Horses on TV to cow horse practice works, a recently crowned $3 million PRCA money earner and new FEI reining rules.
  • A Time With No Amateur Classes? – AQHA Professional Horseman Harriet Link remembers a time when arenas were outside, manes were roached and Tim McQuay showed in horsemanship.
  • Earn Prizes While Training – The AQHA Horseback Riding Program gives competitors the chance to earn prizes in and out of the arena. You already spend hours training for a show – why not be rewarded for them?
  • News Roundup – Find out which AQHA director was recently awarded a prestigious award by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, plus, get the facts on the latest AQHA show industry news.
  • Life After Youth – The 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is a chance for competitors to showcase years of hard work with their horses, but what many don’t realize is that it’s also the chance to launch their collegiate riding career.
  • News Roundup – The AQHA show and racing industry says goodbye to Dash Ta Fame, the results are in from the Big A Circuit in Conyers, Georgia, and the deadline for entries for the AQHA World Championship Show Sale has been extended.
  • Battle in the Saddle Buzz – The Rundown has the buzz from the 2011 Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV.
  • A Friendly Face – Before contestants can vie for cash, glory and fame at Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV, they first need to make it past AQHA Steward Doug Householder.
  • From Around the Horse World – It’s a busy time in the AQHA show industry as the World's Greatest Horseman Shootout kicks off at Battle in the Saddle on July 7 and Ford Youth World contest and NRHA Hall of Fame nomination deadlines are sneaking up.
  • Cutting Action – Following a full day of cutting, the finalists for the open and non-pro divisions of the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting at the 2011 Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV, have been decided. 
  • A Look at the July Journal Plus – The July issue of the Journal Plus is ready to be enjoyed by AQHA showing enthusiasts.
  • Christmas in July – Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV, is right around the corner, and what does that mean? The answer: high-stakes western horse action and some phenomenal shopping.
  • News Roundup – Get The Rundown of what's happening in the AQHA show industry, from the lineup for the Collegiate Reining Championships at the NRHA Derby to the economic impact from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
  • Red Dirt Battle – Get ready for a Red Dirt Battle July 8 in Oklahoma City at Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV. Admission is free for all spectators.
  • News Roundup – A double blow hits Fossil Gate Farms, AQHA recognizes the top horses at the College National Finals Rodeo, and a former AQHYA director earns a role in a world-renowned wild west show – get caught up with The Rundown!
  • A Real Battle – If you’re a fan of all things related to roping, make your way to Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV, July 8 in Oklahoma City, for high-stakes roping action between PRCA favorites, Fred Whitfield and Ryan Jarrett.
  • News Roundup – There's a lot happening in the AQHA show industry, from news concerning the AQHA/NCHA Weekend, the death of a leading western pleasure stallion and the induction of new AQHYA officers. Get in the know with The Rundown.
  • News Roundup – Check out the latest news concerning the NRCHA Derby, the list of riders qualified for the USEF Youth Reining National Championships and the death of racing world champion Tailor Fit.
  • Cattle Galore – Cutting and working cow horse enthusiasts alike will be treated to an action-packed week at Battle in the Saddle, July 5-9 in Oklahoma City.
  • News Roundup – Find out what AQHA news you’ve been missing, from EHV-1 webinars, to updates regarding the 2012 Road to the Horse, $2.5 million grants and the College National Finals Rodeo.
  • Versatility Ranch Horse Competition – Hoof it to Battle in the Saddle July 5-9 in Oklahoma City for a versatility ranch horse competition.
  • News Roundup – From the Arizona wildfires to AQHA showing rule changes and updates for the NRHA Derby, The Rundown's got you covered with the latest AQHA show industry news!
  • Gun Slingin' – Get hooked on AQHA’s newest event, cowboy mounted shooting, at Battle in the Saddle July 5-9 in Oklahoma City.
  • On the Bright Side – Things are looking up in the AQHA show industry.
  • Cow Horse Cancellations – Get the latest scoop on the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby and the rescheduling of the Mercuria-National Cutting Horse Association World Series of Cutting event originally scheduled in conjunction with the Breeders’ Invitational.
  • Ranch Remuda Challenge – Are you looking for a chance to watch working ranch horses and cowboys show off their skills? One of the many events featured at Battle in the Saddle July 5-9 in Oklahoma City is the Ranch Remuda Challenge.
  • News Roundup – Read about the status of the upcoming NRCHA Derby, the death of an amateur world champion horse, the newest changes in Adequan Select World qualifying, promotions from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the June Journal Plus.
  • News Roundup – Read about the status of the upcoming NRHA Derby, the death of an amateur and youth world champion horse and a benefit barrel race to help some victims of the May 24 tornadoes in Oklahoma.
  • Tornadoes Devastate Oklahoma – The Journal caught up with three American Quarter Horse owners in Oklahoma to see how they fared as tornadoes ripped across the state.
  • News Roundup – Think you’ve been missing much in the AQHA show industry news? The Rundown’s got you covered! Check out what’s happening in and out of the show pen.
  • The Birth of the RundownThe American Quarter Horse Journal launches The Rundown, by AQHA Internet Editor Tara Christiansen, featuring the latest show industry news. 
  • Showing and the EHV-1 Outbreak – There are several things that horse owners who hope to travel and compete this summer should keep in mind to protect their horses from EHV-1.
  • EHV-1 Testing – AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning weighs in on his experience with EHV-1 testing, and Dr. Tom Lenz suggests alternatives to testing.
  • Strike a Balance Between Showing and EHV-1 – Competitors can strike a balance between protecting their horses and continuing to travel the show circuit.
  • Encounter with EHV-1 – AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning weighs in on his experience with EHV-1 testing, and Dr. Tom Lenz suggests alternatives to testing.