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Reining Team Gold

The 2014 World Equestrian Games took place in Normandy, France. The games have been held every four years since 1990. 1. Between the first games and 2014, how many times have the World Equestrian Games been held? One of the many equestrian events included in the games is reining. Reining is a western riding competition where a rider guides…

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Young Rider Wins Pole Bending Championship

“Now that’s a cowgirl,” the announcer said as Brookside Elementary School’s Lauren Flaherty, riding her sister’s horse, Rocky, rode their victory lap. Lauren, a hard-working seventh-grader, is headed next month to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M., because of her accomplishments on May 19 in the California state finals. Lauren is California’s…

Ranch Sorting – What’s That?

A cool breeze ruffled the horses’ manes as riders warmed up to compete in a competitive event called ranch sorting. “Ranch sorting is taking a chore common to cattle ranching and putting it into a competitive setting,” said Johnson, the rancher hosting the event. “Basically, we’re moving cattle from one pen to another, but with…

Barrel Racing’s Most Consistent Horse Contest

Hannah Hammond and her barrel racing buddy, Jackie Ganter, were first or second in all three incentive races at a barrel racing competition held at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas. Hannah placed seventh in the Most Consistent Horse contest with a 0.294-second difference factor between her three runs of 15.644, 15.758 and…