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Adequan® Select World Is Under Way

The 2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), kicked off August 25 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo. Exhibitors at the 2017 Adequan® Select World Championship Show have shined their boots and dusted off their hats for the first day of competition in Amarillo. Classes began at 9 a.m. at the Tri-State Fairgrounds with preliminaries in cutting. “We are excited to see the hard work and dedication these Select amateurs have put in for the Adequan® Select World,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “AQHA… Read More →

AQHA Past President Dr. Glenn Blodgett will be honored at the National Ranching Heritage Center on October 14.

Dr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the Four Sixes Ranch horse division, has been named the 2017 National Golden Spur Award winner, the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries in recognition of accomplishments by an individual. In his 35 years at the largest individually owned ranch property in Texas, Dr. Blodgett has been an industry leader in equine embryo transfer and artificial insemination, and the ranch has become the all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses. Dr. Blodgett… Read More →

First Master of Equine Industry Management cohort graduates

Students in the first Master of Equine Industry Management Cohort earned their diplomas this past weekend after successfully completing all degree requirements. Congratulations, Ladies!


WACO, Texas — The No. 5 Texas A&M Equestrian team won the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship Saturday night, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 11-5, at the Extraco Events Center. The title marks the Aggies’ 12th national championship in program history and the first NCEA Championship win since the 2012 season. The Maroon and White dominated the tournament by outscoring their opponents, 54-8, in four competitions, and became the first team under the current format to win four meets en route to the championship. That 🏆 feeling #12thMan —… Read More →

Heird continues tenure on AQHA Executive Committee

Though AQHA operates primarily upon the decisions of its members through the board of directors, the five-person executive committee is responsible for implementing these important decisions and governing AQHA between the annual meetings of the membership and the board. The AQHA Executive Committee – consisting of a president, first vice president, second vice president and two additional members – is elected each year by the board at the AQHA Convention. Each member serves a term of one year until the selection of his/her successor. The executive committee convenes bimonthly… Read More →

Texas A&M’s Dr. Jim Heird Inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Dr. Jim Heird, executive professor and coordinator of the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M University, is a 2017 inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame—the highest honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business, and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas. Currently, Heird is the second vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and a former AQHA director for Texas and Colorado. He has also served as chairman of the judges committee, shows committee, international committee, show council, and… Read More →

Charles W. Graham receives Texas A&M AgriLife Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award

By Blair Fannin Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service SAN ANTONIO — Dr. Charles W. Graham has received the Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award from Texas A&M AgriLife — the highest honor given to individuals demonstrating outstanding leadership and providing significant contributions to Texas agriculture. Graham received the award at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention in San Antonio April 6. “Dr. Graham exemplifies what the Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award is all about,” said Mark Hussey, interim president of Texas A&M University. Hussey was the vice… Read More →

Prevention, dietary adjustment show promise in fending off joint pain in young horses

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Josie Coverdale, 979-862-3654, COLLEGE STATION – A series of studies by researchers in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University suggest prevention is the best solution to prevent arthritis in young quarter horses. Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor in equine science, and Dr. Jessica Lucia, a former graduate student under Coverdale and now a professor at Sam Houston State University, found use of anti-inflammatory aids mixed with daily rations can help decrease joint inflammation in young horses. “Arthritis is one… Read More →

Grand Opening of New Equine Complex Opens Doors to Expansion and Growth for Texas A&M Equine Initiative

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M celebrated the grand opening of the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex. This $32 million dollar facility is the first phase of a planned $80 million dollar project of the Equine Initiative. The equine complex was named in honor of Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 to recognize his contributions to the field of veterinary medicine and his love for Texas A&M. The new complex represents one of the core efforts of the Texas A&M Equine Initiative, which was formed to bring… Read More →

Body condition score modeling system part of broodmare equine research

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Clay Cavinder, 979-458-2927, COLLEGE STATION – Assigning beef cattle body condition scores has been a common practice among producers for years to evaluate nutritional needs, but not so much for horse owners. In fact, such a system did not exist until a group of researchers with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University department of animal science recently developed the framework. “When I was doing my undergraduate work at Oklahoma State University, we had a program called the… Read More →