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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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The Swiss Quarter Horse Association was founded in 1984, and Nicole Meyer's husband Werner was one of its first members.
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Club members' equestrian focus, however, is on riding a particular kind of horse - one with bloodlines at least 80 percent American ranch-bred quarter horse, a muscular "bulldog" of a working horse known for short bursts of speed over a quarter-mile or so.
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It's great,'' said Tim Hill, 38, who had rushed his quarter horse and paint to the Pierce College campus in Woodland Hills as clouds of smoke blew over his Porter Ranch home.
The 9-year-old chestnut-colored gelding was unflappable, not bothered at all by flashing cameras and the public address announcer's voice bellowing over the speakers during Saturday's Oregon Quarter Horse Association's Sweetheart Classic at the Oregon Horse Center, north of Eugene.
Headliner--Bill Brewer, American Quarter Horse Association
s hard earned success in the western oil industry helped feed his passion for quarter horse racing leading to him founding and building the Los Alamitos Race Track in Los Angeles.
OKLAHOMA CITY Remington Park and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association announced that overnight purses will be elevated, compared with similar races in 2017.