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quarter horse,

American breed of light horselight horse,
any breed of horse that is used primarily for riding or for light work such as pulling buggies. Light horses have their origin in the Middle East and N Africa.
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 that originated during the colonial era, partly from Arabian ancestry (see Arabian horseArabian horse,
breed of light horse developed in Mesopotamia and N Africa, and probably the first true domesticated breed. Prized since earliest times for its superior beauty, spirit, speed, grace of movement, stamina, and intelligence, the Arabian has served as parental stock
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). The name refers to the horse's reputation for speed at the quarter-mile distance. It can spring into full speed and consequently is faster than the ThoroughbredThoroughbred horse,
breed of light horse more properly known as the English running horse. As its name implies, it was the first pedigreed, or "thoroughbred" horse. It originated in England from crosses between imported Turkish and Arabian horses and existing English lines and
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 for a short sprint. The breed was by far the most popular cattle horse in the early West. It continues in this role today and is also used almost exclusively for rodeo events such as cutting, roping, and barrel racing. Registered quarter horses are of solid colors, stand 15 to 16 hands (60–64 in./150–160 cm) high, weigh over 1,000 lb (450 kg), and have thick muscular shoulders and short necks.
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In addition to the Triple Crown futurities for two year old quarter horses, RIDE TV will also feature each of the Grade 1, Ruidoso Derby, Rainbow Derby and All American Derby for three year old quarter horses.
Last year, almost 17,000 horses ran in more than 9,000 quarter horse races in the US (the comparable figures for thoroughbreds were 67,000 and 50,000) for average purses of almost $14,000 (thoroughbreds $23,000).
In addition, Meyer has shown a quarter horse gelding called Rugged Sugar Lark 12 times in the "hunter under saddle" category, which means that she rode him English rather than western.
Concern that quarter horse bloodlines were being diluted by thoroughbred bloodlines led to the creation of the "foundation" quarter horse movement about 10 years ago.
Since then, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse stallion and a four-year-old American Paint stallion standing at the same stud have also tested positive.
Meanwhile, back in the stable area, a 13-year-old quarter horse, affectionately known as "DAD" stood near the stable door waiting for passersby to feed him carrots and peppermint candy.
Flanagan Most Improved Publication Award--American Quarter Horse Racing Journal
She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Blue and White Society, Penn State Stockman's Club, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association.
Three target zones were identified for drilling within the Quarter Horse Ranch Project in 2007.
Members elected to serve new terms on the board of directors include: Jim Bret Campbell, Quarter Horse Journal, Amarillo, Texas; Marilyn Brink, Braunveih World, Shawnee Mission; Kan.
AMARILLO, Texas, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank of America(R) Racing Challenge and the American Quarter Horse Association have selected Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Opelousas, Louisiana as the host site of the 2008 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships and AQHA Racing Conference.
Two or three jumps and a quarter horse is going full blast.