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CONTENTS Continued Growth

ON THE COVER: Letitia McMaster, owner of Back Achers Ranch, and Josh Andrews of JAG Feed and Tack, show off some of the reasons to come to Back Achers, ranging from great food at Legends Restaurant, feed and tack from JAG and of course, boarding and the other benefits of this state-of-the-art equine facility.



A Family Tradition

J.R. Barnett, who started J.R.’s Hobby Horse, poses with his two daughters, J.R.’s Hobby Horse owner Leah Colclasure and Laynie Ashlock, and Laynie’s fourmonth-old son Rustin. J.R.’s Hobby Horse will celebrate its 30th anniversary in April.

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Horsemen’s College By Dr. Mark Russell Campfires, Trails and Tales By Steve Jones

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‘Great family fun’ planned at central Arkansas rodeo CONWAY, Ark. – The sixth Central Arkansas Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5 at Back Achers Ranch in Conway. Dale Hancock, chairman of the rodeo committee, said attendance has been very good and those proclaimed it “great family entertainment at affordable prices.” Hancock said the central Arkansas event has been ranked the third best PRCA Rodeo in Arkansas, behind the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Ft. Smith and the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, both of which have been going for many years. “In the past years we have had contestants from over 20 states and spectators from as far away as China,” Hancock said. “This speaks very highly of the quality of rodeo and the stock contractor that produces this rodeo.” Andrews Rodeo Co., home of the legendary bucking bull Bodacious, will be this year’s stock contractor. Sammy and his brother James Andrews have been producing rodeos for more than 26 years and have received many awards for the stock that they bring to their rodeos. Hancock said Sammy changed rodeo by bringing ranker bulls to rodeo, which made cowboys advance their riding skills. The All American Cowgirl Chicks of the RFD-TV show, “Never Quit,” will perform both nights. This equestrian drill team performs an aggressive

The All American Cowgirl Chicks drill team will perform both nights at the rodeo.

routine to entertain the crowd while raising funds for cancer research and other charities. PRCA Rodeo Clown Gizmo McCracken will also be performing both nights. Gizmo has been entertaining crowds for 22 years and has taken his family-style comedy to rodeos all over the United States and Canada. Both of these acts will be available for autographs and will be making appearances around Conway the week of the rodeo. Some of the proceeds from the rodeo will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project of Arkansas, through the Marine Corps League of Arkansas. These funds are used to help Arkansas soldiers readjust to life after returning home.

Bring home a wild one The Bureau of Land ManagementSoutheastern States Field Office will be holding several special wild horse and burro adoptions in the Southeastern U.S. this spring. Adoptions will be in West Monroe, LA on March 21-22 and Harrison, AR on May 23-24. At any of these events, for only $125, you can take home your own young mustang or burro from the western rangelands. Gentled wild horses are used for dressage, trail riding, western events, and other disciplines. They are noted for their endurance, sure-footedness and intelligence. Burros are great companion animals and are sometimes used


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for predator control. The wild horse and burro adoptions are from 8 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Friday and Saturday and are first come/first served. Call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or 1-888-274-2133 for more information and adoption applications. You can also visit to get requirement information and download an application and instructions to become a qualified adopter. While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse or burro should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training.



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Back Achers Ranch

Innovative facility keeps improving


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By Phyllis Ormsby Roundup publisher CONWAY, Ark. – Expansions and improvements are still the name of the game at Back Achers Ranch, Arkansas’ most innovative and unique equine facility. You can keep your horse at Back Achers or come by to ride in the enclosed arena, enjoy wonderful food at Legends Restaurant, take a riding lesson, host an event, a party or even a wedding using the meeting room and other areas, come to compete or watch a barrel race or other event and now you can even buy tack, saddles, apparel, feed and hay at the new JAG Feed and Tack store. Back Achers owner Letitia McMaster, manager Jennifer Chudy and JAG owner Josh Andrews are calling this concept “a one stop shop.” “Anything you need, whatever it is to do with horses, you can come here,” Andrews said. Back Achers is still offering true worry-free boarding. All the horse owner has to do is enjoy the horse and show up to ride! Each horse receives excellent care, including high-quality feed and hay twice a day plus daily turnout. Stalls, which have automatic waterers, are cleaned twice a day. Bad weather never ruins a good day of riding at Back Achers. The huge new barn, built in 2012, features a large indoor arena that is comfortable and dry at all times. There is also a smaller indoor riding area at the second barn, along with outdoor riding areas.

Back Achers even offers horse leasing for those who want to try out horse ownership without making a big investment up front. As far as events go, Back Achers has hosted everything from bull riding to barrel racing to horsemanship clinics or events like the recent Equine Health and Hoof Fest which offered professional-level educational opportunities for veterinarians, farriers and horse owners alike. The Central Arkansas PRCA Rodeo is even planned at Back Achers for the first weekend in April. Businesses can host meetings and other catered events in the meeting center, which includes full audio and video. Receptions and weddings, reunions or birthday parties can be hosted at the facility and can even be catered by Legends Restaurant. The restaurant is a great place to meet friends and watch the action in the arena while enjoying a full line of fresh-cooked meals and beverages. JAG Feed and Tack is located at the east end of the building. The store will feature select lines of feed, supplements, tack, saddles, hats and clothing. Some of

the items will include Bluebonnet Feeds, high quality alfalfa hay and supplements including the Exceed 6-way from MVP Equine, designed to provide care for joints, gastric support, blood and vascular, hoof, hair coat and digestion. For more information about Back Achers Ranch and its facilities, visit For information about JAG Feed and Tack, call Josh Andrews at 501-733-8582.


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J.R.’s Hobby Horse Continuing a family tradition

J.R.’s Hobby Horse owner Leah Colclasure poses with her father, J.R. Barnett, in front of the store J.R. opened outside of Conway in 1984.

By Phyllis Ormsby Roundup publisher CONWAY – In April J.R.’s Hobby Horse will celebrate its 30th anniversary at its current location on Highway 65 outside of Conway, Ark. Thirty years of operation is quite an accomplishment for any business, but for this family it’s just another milestone in a history that dates back to when A.M. Barnett of Heber Springs sold hay with a horse and wagon. “We’ve always been a family of merchants,” said J.R. Barnett, who got into the men’s clothing business in 1962 in Heber Springs. In 1984 he moved the store to its current location, where he sold men’s clothing plus tack,


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saddles and hats and his famous handmade bullwhips. In 2007 he sold the business to his daughter, Leah Colclasure, who has added women’s clothing and jewelry. The store also has a thriving tuxedo rental business. J.R., named James Robin and called Jay Robin by those who know him from Heber Springs, grew up in retail. His father and grandfather opened A.M. Barnett & Son in Heber Springs in 1933. “My daddy made a crop of cotton at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain and that was what convinced him to start his store,” J.R. said with a laugh. His mother died when he was 5 and his brother Mickey was 6. A neighbor, Sanford Reynolds, took an interest in the Barnett boys

and often had them over for visits. J.R. said he could remember riding on the back of Reynolds’ horse and holding on to the man’s belt loops as he rode to check on his cattle. While visiting the boys also discovered a bullwhip under the stove in the kitchen. The whip fascinated young J.R. particularly. The boys also spent Saturday afternoons watching Gene Autry and Roy Rogers movies. The horseback riding, the bullwhip and the cowboy movies and music all combined to form a theme that continued through J.R.’s life. “I bought my first guitar in 1948,” he said. “I wanted to play music and be a cowboy.” Mickey went to a camp at Hendrix College one summer and learned how to “four-braid.” He came home and showed his little brother how to do the braid. “I made my first whip when I was 9 years old and I have been making them ever since,” J.R. said. He has made them from braided leather but recently has been using parachute cord. The famed Zoppe circus family purchased a whip from J.R. to be used in their act and he decided to start numbering the whips. “I was kind of proud of that so we numbered that one, #1 and I just made whip #572. We mark on them with Roman numerals,” J.R. said. “Whips have been my history. Whips and ropes and kids,” he said, grinning. Riding and Western events have also been a big part of his history. Over the years J.R. helped start team penning, team roping and cowboy mounted shooting in Arkansas. At 79 J.R. still rides but not as often as he would like. He and a friend, Erven Duch, a farrier and mounted shooter in Conway, have their retirement home days planned to include electric wheelchair racing and perhaps some roping, J.R. said with a laugh. In his retirement, J.R. “tells stories” with his six-string guitar every Tuesday night at the Preston Palmer Studio in Conway and every Saturday morning goes to a different nursing home to perform with the Arkansas Fiddlers Association. He still likes Gene Autry and other cowboy musicians and bluegrass. Even though he is supposed to be retired, J.R. didn’t move far from the store and still comes in to open for Leah five days a week. “It’s 100 yards from the back porch of the store to the front door of my house,” he said, adding that his brother Mickey had told him he wouldn’t be able to totally quit since he would miss the customers too much. “He was right,” he said. Continued on Page 24

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Horsemen’s College

Youth place at Western National Round-up

By Dr. Mark Russell Stormy Weiand (Randolph County), McKinzie Hummel (Benton County), Hannah Henderson (Benton County), and Emma Waymack (White County) represented Arkansas at the 2014 Western National Round-up in early January. There were teams from all over the country and Arkansas did quite well. This is how they fared: Stormy Weiand - 3rd Place Performance, 9th Place Halter, 15th Place Reasons, 5th Place Overall; Hannah Henderson - 9th Place Performance, 17th Place Halter, 18th Place Reasons, 9th Place Overall; Emma Waymack - 18th Place Halter, 4th Place Team Performance, 5th Place Team Halter, and 4th Overall.

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Campfires, Trails and Tales

Thinking like a horse

By Steve Jones Many times we wonder if a horse has anything between its ears other than hair! However, most good horsemen realize and understand how a horse thinks and works to modify the horses’ thoughts to do what is desired. Training is simply a form of behavior modification. To safely work with horses, no matter what the venue - a basic understanding of behavior can aid any level of horsemen. By nature horses will flee a situation that they deem unsafe or unfamiliar. A person should evaluate the situation, determine what made the

horse take off, or behave the way it did and choose the best remedy. An angry person never makes a very good horse trainer! Building confidence and trust in a horse will have more long term positive results than trying to force them. For example - if a horse shies from a gate or object, gradually bring him closer to it and stay relaxed and he will most likely forget what was so frightening. However, if the rider whips and spurs him to get him next to it, most likely it always be associated in a negative manner and may never travel quietly passed it.

Read this body language- contentment, sleepy, comfortable, relaxed- all adds up to a horse that is confident in its surroundings and trusting of itd rider. I strive for that in all things I ask my horse to do-from stop to wide-open.

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Most experienced horsemen have figured out how to “out think” a horse and realize they will not out muscle them. A vital key to safe horsemanship is to convince the horse to do what you want it to do and not force them. You must be able to analyze the situation and determine if the horse is scared, stubborn, simply being obstinate, or is mad. Each type of behavior requires different handing for everything to end on a positive note. Remember who is supposed to be in control! If the horse is out of control, he becomes dangerous, and they must be reprimanded. However, never strike a horse in its face, but popping one at the withers, neck or belly can have excellent positive results. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as getting him to move his feet, which in turn, relaxes him. Horses must feel that they have an escape option. Freeing up their feet makes them feel they have their escape opportunity. Moving their feet relaxes their body, which in turn relaxes their mind and that allows them to think through the situation they are in. Tense horses are not in learning mode. The Body Language of a horse can help a person predict how a horse is about to react. Observant horsemen understand the differences they see in the eyes, ears, tail, and mouth. The direction of the ears, generally tell you where a horse is looking. Ears forward may be a sign of listening or looking at something. If a horse is staring at something off in the distance and not paying attention to what the rider is doing, it may cause problems. Therefore, bringing the horse’s attention back to the task at hand will be a much safer situation. Ears laid back can either be boredom or anger. Nervous and tense horses will

hold their mouth tight and tense. Whereas when they relax, they will lick and chew as well as have relaxed ears. Good horsemen are very observant of all the signs a horse shows and realize the horse will tell them a lot, if they simply know how to watch and listen. Remember that horses do have a very good memory but cannot reason. Therefore we try to keep those memories positive, for both horse and handler. They learn from praise and acceptance - which must be an immediate response. So, for example if a horse does not want to enter a trailer, encourage it to go forward, and as soon as it makes any forward progress or attempt to move forward - release your cues - which is a form of praise. If it backs way, send him forward and once he moves forward, reward him immediately. If you have repeated refusals, back off and work in a circle on a longe line. You are doing 2 things here 1) you are allowing him to move his feet and relax from a scary or unknown situation and 2) giving him a choice of either working or resting in the trailer. Patient

repetition of the process will convince the horse to choose the correct optiongetting into the trailer. Once the horse chooses, he will do it willingly and relaxed. When training under saddle, we should use this same philosophy to teach new maneuvers. Always remember to reward the tries, move the feet to relax him and make the right choice easy and the wrong choice hard. The sense of touch is one of the most developed and important for the horse in terms of human interaction. The nose, lips, mouth, and possibly the ears are the most sensitive areas to touch. Although hooves do not respond to touching, various parts of the hoof are able to feel touch. Understanding the degree to which horses are sensitive to touch can be valuable to the trainer. Horses can feel the

slightest touch with their lips; therefore, it is important to develop a light touch on the reins and make sure the bridle fits correctly on the horse’s head and the bit fits correctly in the mouth. Knowing that a horse can feel a fly that lands on its back makes it even more obvious that the slightest shift of weight in the saddle can affect the way a horse moves. This acute sensitivity is why position is so important when the rider is asking the horse to perform specific maneuvers. Poor position, exaggerated movement, or excessive force are confusing to horses and result in poor performance.


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ASHA announces first show of the year winners

By Steve Jones

The Arkansas Stock Horse Association mission statement states “Helping People Ride A Better Horse.” This organization was started for horsemen to improve their horsemanship and have a better relationship with their horse. To facilitate the mission we offer clinics before each show and in the case this winter, a clinic series focusing on cow work at Circle C Productions- Pleasant Plains. Jeremy Cox has proved to be an excellent clinician. Jeremy has encouraged the novice, challenged the experienced and in my case, invigorated an old gray-hair with new challenges and opportunities. Dr. Mark Russell and I have served as clinicians as well, focusing on the basics needed when our participants get in the cow pen. I have seen tremendous growth in horsemanship, confidence and enthusiasm in both riders and horses. To carry on the theme, I would like to make a few remarks that may help you with your ranch horsemanship. It is very, very difficult to learn to work cattle while learning how to train your horse. If possible, ride an honest finished horse that is not soured in the show pen with the guidance of someone who can help you. The horse will show you what your end result should be. In the beginning your horse’s movement will not at all resemble a finished one, but you will still need to know what the good stuff feels like so when it does happen you can encourage more of it. It is never too early to begin getting your horse comfortable being in a herd of cattle. Often, before I start to work a horse on cows I step out of the round pen into the working pen while someone is working another horse in a herd of cattle. I may just sit on the horse in the corner. I may do circles in the corner, or I may even follow a couple cows.

The point is I am introducing them to the cows before I ever really ask them to do anything with them. The only thing I expect at this time is that they don’t throw a fit. The presence of an older confident horse working the cattle will pique the interest of your horse. The first sanctioned show of the year was held on January 25 -26 at Midway (Mt. Home). Results were as follows: Open High Point 1. Phillip Sadler 2. Tim Laws 3. Michael Mayo 4. Shane Cochran 5. Rusty Winchester (Dancin Smart Mate) 6. Sarah Cox 7. Rusty Winchester (Colord Peppy 8. Jennifer Sadler Amateur High Point 1. Theron McCammond 2. Stacy Rutledge 3. Jerry Adams 4. Lori Winchester 5. Andie Pratt 6. Leah Pratt Green Horse High Point 1. Leonard Laws 2. Erin Shaughnessy Novice High Point 1. Shelly Gardner 2. Bobbie Cordoni 3. Emily Rehm 4. Kari Evans 5. Sissy Smith 6. Madelynn Ginn 7. Nancy Mayo 8. Robin Deck Youth 1. Andy Cox 2. Emma Harter 3. Olivia Gardner (Cheyenne)

4. Dani Cox 5. Kiernan O’Dell 6. Michelle Last 7. Bailey Krebbs (tie) 7. Emma Harter (tie) 9. Olivia Gardner Dually’s Spicy Oak 10. Ryan Krebbs Come join us at one of our upcoming events: March 1: Ranch Horse Clinic, Circle C in Pleasant Plains; March 7-9: Clinic and Show, Midway; April 11 –12: Clinic and Show, Back Achers Ranch in Conway; and October 24-25: Clinic and Show, Back Achers Ranch in Conway.

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Dates set for AQHA Show Season The dates are set for the 2014 show season: April 4-6 at Tunica with Fisher Entertainment, April 25-27 at Fort Smith, and May 23-26 at Tunica. AQHA Team Pennings and Ranch Sortings are also planned in conjunction with the April shows. The first one will be held on March 29, 2014 at the No Name Arena in Bryant. It will be two triple-pointed shows back to back starting at 10 am. The date and location for the second one is pending at this time, but watch our website for confirmation to be coming soon. Be sure to mark your calendars and don’t forget to renew your membership to ArQHA prior to showing for your points to count! Officers for the Arkansas Quarter Horse Youth Association for the 2014 year include: president Shelby Layne Ridgway, vice-president Ty Cornelius, secretary Marianne Copps, and Historian Treva Dillon. Fund raisers are currently being planned for the year. Membership applications, scholarship applications and the letter of intent have all been updated for 2014 on the youth page of our website. The AQHYA World Championship show will be held August 1 -9, 2014 in

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Oklahoma City. AQHA announced earlier this year that approved hard hats will be required for all English classes at the 2014 AQHYA World Championship show. This requirement will apply to both flat (hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation) and over-fences classes. Starting in 2015, youth exhibitors will be required to wear an ASTM/SEIapproved hard hat with harness when competing at any AQHA-approved show in an English class, including flat and over-fences classes. Several changes have been made to the Novice level for AQHA shows, and those changes became effective January 1, 2014. Among the changes, Novice has been renamed Level 1. To view the changes regarding Level 1 eligibility for 2014, visit The aim of the AQHA leveling program is to level the playing field, with the overall goal being to get more new people involved in showing their American Quarter Horses and drive the showing market in a strong direction. Dates for some upcoming 2014 AQHA events have been announced. The Region 9 Champion-

By Andi Ridgway ship show will be held in Jackson, MS on June 6-8. The AQHA Novice Championship EAST show will be held in Murfreesboro, TN on September 30-October 5, 2014. The first Cattle Novice Championship Show will be held on April 17-19, 2014 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Events will include reining, boxing, working cow horse, ranch horse pleasure, cutting, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, heading, heeling, team penning, ranch sorting, performance halter mares, and performance halter geldings. This month AQHA released, a comprehensive, inclusive and all-breeds recordkeeping system to help youth stay engaged in the equine industry. The system is designed to assist with scholarship applications, keeping record books, and managing equine-related activities. It can also be used with cattle, sheep and swine. More species will be added at a later date. Check it out! As always the latest news can be found on our website at or on our Facebook page.

ABRA plans Facebook giveaway at Barrel Bash

Lexi Ives at the ABRA Show at Tri-County Arena in Redfield, Ark.

The ABRA Barrel Bash Jackpot for 2014 will be held at Hestand Stadium Pine Bluff, AR. Friday night March 14th Exhibitions begin at 6:00 pm and an ABRA double point horse show will

Macie Taylor competes at the ABRA Show at Tri-County Arena in Redfield, Ark.

begin at 8:00 pm. There will be stalls and Trailer Hook-ups available for those who want to stay for the entire weekend. Saturday March 15th Exhibitions will be 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. The Open will begin at 1:00 pm. Sunday March 16 the schedule will remain the same except for the addition of Cowboy Church 9:00 am -9:30 am. This year’s Cowboy Church will feature Sherry Hales of Cowgirls for Christ. Sherry will deliver an uplifting message that will bless all who attend. Arena ground work will be maintained by John Laws and crew to ensure safe and fast dirt for everyone. Denetia Panell will be the official photographer for 2014 Barrel Bash. Denetia will be taking action shots of all riders on Saturday and Sunday. The Open 4D Jackpot will have $3000 total added. The 3D Youth Race will have $200 total added money. Side-pots will also be offered. For more details and a complete schedule visit the ABRA website at ABRA is offering a Facebook Giveaway! Go to the Arkansas Barrel Racing Association Facebook page – “Like” and “Share” the ABRA Barrel Bash Flier for a chance to win one of two Barrel Racer Gift Baskets to be given away to a lucky barrel racer. Each person can enter once a week until March 10th at 7:00 pm. The first Gift Basket will be given away on Saturday at the #50 drag. The second Gift Basket will be given away at Cowboy Church on Sunday. Must be present to win. Check out the ABRA Facebook page and enter today!

Charlene Dodson competes at the ABRA Show at Tri-County Arena in Redfield, Ark. All photos courtesy of Kelly Draper.

By Christi Ingle

Upcoming Events Note: Always call before you haul if weather is questionable. You can receive up to date ABRA show info text messages to your mobile phone by texting @b0a435 to (832) 850-2600. Check us out on Facebook. “Like” the Arkansas Barrel Racing Association page and receive posts on show and club info. Everyone welcome. You do not have to be a member to ride in an ABRA show. Saturday March 1 (Double Show) 7:30 pm ABRA Horse Show (Poles first). Whiskey Ridge Ranch Arena 26338 Hwy 84 Malvern, AR. Sr. Barrels Division Rachel Fowler 870-2456222, Sr. Jackpot Division Rhonda Fowler 870-2456425. Friday March 14 (Double Show) Major Money Maker: 8:00 pm ABRA Horse Show (Barrels First). Hestand Stadium Pine Bluff Michelle -870-692-8930, Christi – 501-7795286. Saturday & Sunday March 15 & 16: ABRA Barrel Bash $3000 Added 4D Jackpot. $200 Added Youth Jackpot. Exhibitions at 10:00 am. 4D at 1:00 pm. Youth 3D to follow Open. Friday March 21 (Double Show) 7:30 pm ABRA Horse Show to follow (Poles first) Whiskey Ridge Ranch Arena 26338 Hwy 84 Malvern, AR Sr. Barrels Division Rachel Fowler 870-2456222 Sr. Jackpot Division Rhonda Fowler 870-2456425 Saturday March 22 (Double Show) 1:00pm ABRA Horse Show (Poles first) Lorance Arena Novice Rider Lee McVay 870-879-5820 Buckaroo Division Kasey Draper 501-352-3190 Sunday March 23 (Double Show) 7:30 pm ABRA Horse Show – Poles first Whiskey Ridge Ranch Arena 26338 Hwy 84 Malvern, AR Sr. Barrels Division Rachel Fowler 870-2456222 Sr. Jackpot Division Rhonda Fowler 870-2456425 Friday April 4 (Double Show) 7:30 pm ABRA Horse Show – Poles first Whiskey Ridge Ranch Arena 26338 Hwy 84 Malvern, AR Jr. Jackpot Kathy Rowland 501-622-0204 & Anita Robertson 870-245-8814 Sr. Rodeo Lanea 870-246-1522 Sunday April 6 (Double Show) 2:00 pm ABRA Horse Show – Poles first Whiskey Ridge Ranch Arena 26338 Hwy 84 Malvern, AR Lead Line Cali Worthen 501-520-7282 Jr. Rodeo Anita 870-245-8814.


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HOA offers challenge By Meg Willis Are you ready for a challenge? Do you want to become a better horse and rider team? Do you want a friendly supportive setting in which to show off your horsemanship skills? Perhaps you just want to have fun riding your horse while challenging yourself. If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Horsemen of Arkansas is the place for you!! HOA offers trail challenges open to all breeds, disciplines, and experience levels of horses and riders. Trail Challenges are based on horsemanship; using you and your horse’s skill to manage obstacles such as bridges, backing out of brush, going over water, heading cattle, opening/closing gates, crossing logs, and much more. Our mission is to provide a competitive environment using a variety of trail obstacles, with safety and horsemanship of utmost importance. The highest level of integrity and sportsmanship will be adhered to at all times. As a result, riders will develop their skills to become more effective horsemen. For more information:; Meg Wills 501-940-2259 or find us on Facebook

J.R.’s Hobby Horse, Continued from page 8

J.R. Barnett with his two daughters, Leah Colclasure and Laynie Ashlock, and Laynie’s fourmonth-old son Rustin.

J.R. opened the store at its current location the same year daughter Leah was born. “I’ve grown up in here,” she said. “I’ve got customers I’ve known my whole life. They’re like family to me.”

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Today her younger sister Laynie helps out with the bookkeeping. The two girls grew up at the store and “playing store” was one of their favorite games. “I’ve always been into selling things,” Leah

said. “I was that kid who was always knocking on your door, selling you something.” Leah got a degree in business management from Arkansas State University and then spent a year and a half working for Fortier, a store equipment supplier in Conway. “So I worked for someone else for a while and then I realized, this is what I want to do,” she said, gesturing around the store. She said she gets a lot of support from her husband, Corey, who works for Union Pacific Railroad and is a “behind the scenes” helper. Customer service is very important and is another hallmark of the family. J.R. said he had read a book about Neiman-Marcus, where a family member always greeted customers and he, and now Leah, have always tried to do the same. Many of the customers come by regularly to visit and shop. Leah said she would love to see the arena behind the store used in some way give others the opportunities she and her sister had growing up. “I want to help kids who have that cowboy dream,” she said. The biggest challenge to operating the store is trying to have everything her customers want, Leah said. “We always hope to do better for our customers. We may even add on to the store one day.” They are planning a 30th anniversary sale on the weekend of April 4-5. For more information about J.R.’s Hobby Horse, visit


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ACWRA makes changes for new season

By Amanda D. Jackson

We celebrated the 2013 racing season in January at the general membership meeting and banquet at the Searcy Fairgrounds. Tulsa RV Ranch and Rodeo sanctioned three races and sponsored the 2013 finals and high point awards. Please make plans to support their race in the upcoming racing season- and let them know how much we appreciate their support! The 2014 General meeting consisted of introducing new tracks for the season and electing new board of directors. Cameron Martin the driver of “Bad Company” will be taking over the duties as President- he lives in the Batesville area and has been a member and racer for a few years. He has since been working diligently with our track owners to ensure a safe and prosperous racing season for everyone. Thank you also to the board members that stepped down we appreciate all of your time and effort devoted to the ACWRA. 2013 Banquet Ashley Spoon was the raffle winner of the saddle which was donated by Moonlight Printing from Danville, AR. Justin Leggitt was our Auctioneer this year and did a fantastic job! Cannot thank those enough that participated and donated items which have turned into a great way of making a little money for the association while being fun! Thank you Jay Bartley who provided the entertainment for the evening! Linda Leslie and Sue Sherwood who decorated the event and Linda Leslie Catering from Greenbrier - VERY GOOD!! A lot of planning and time goes into the year-end banquet and I hope next year to create a committee of people outside of the board to help make it happen- if that would be something you would be interested in please let it be known. 2014 Board of Directors Executive board elected: Cameron MartinPresident; Bobby Powers- Vice President; Treasurer- Kimberly Sumers; Secretary-Amanda

D. Jackson. Board of Directors- Ashley Spoon, Chad Alexander, Pam Hartwick, Rick Hartwick, Chad Daniels, Jay Bartley, Veronica Powers, Buddy Smith, Heath Davis. Note- All memberships will now be handled by the treasurer Kimberly Sumers you can go to to print off the membership form and mail to 2851 Salmon Ln. Harrison, AR. 72601. However contact Amanda to enter your teams at 501-3393035 or email: there will be an enforced $25 fine for no show- no call-this will help eliminate all the confusion during the driving meeting right before the races. The general membership voted and passed some changes in regard to the fees of each race team in order to help take some of the expense away from the track owners. Each Race team must pay $9.00 or $3.00 per team member this must be paid by 11:00 to Kimberly Sumers on Saturday. There was also some discussion in concern to the sizing of the cook stove, bedroll, and wagon tarp- please note your handbook to ensure that your stove, bedroll, and tarp are the legal sizes. All racing teams must have matching race shirts STRONGLY recommended that they are long sleeve and No Ball caps while participating in a race. “Tuff enough to Wear Pink” These track owners are truly stepping up to the plate and working very hard to create an enjoyable race for this year and years to come! I have heard some buzz about added money,

2014 ACWRA Sanctioned Races March 15-16: Rocking L Arena, Monticello, AR- CID March 5 March 29-30: SA Walls, Mena AR (ROOKIE RACE) - CID March 19 April 12-13: Hampton AR- CID April 2 April 26-27: Tulsa RV Ranch, Beggs OK- CID April 16 May 3-4: Brad Huff, Charlotte AR- CID April 23 May 24-25: Rockbottom, Denver AR (ROOKIE RACE) - CID May 14 June 14-15: What About Bob? Wilburton OK (ROOKIE RACE) CID June 4 July 5-6: Waldron AR- CID June 28 July 12-13: Tulsa RV Ranch, Beggs OK- CID July 2nd July 26-27: Hardy AR- CID July 16 Call in Date (CID) to enter your team to Amanda 501-339-3035 or

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big concerts, and great prizes…I know that most of us are aware what it takes to put on a chuckwagon race so let’s make sure that we provide them with some competitive and safe races! Rocking L Arena Monticello, AR. March 15-16 is going to introduce a “Tuff enough to wear pink” where each racer will wear a pink shirt during Saturdays Races. This will be a first for the ACWRA please make arrangements to participate. We also are going to make an honest effort to provide some kid games this year at every race- however we could use some help… if you would like to help out at a race it would be appreciated!

Measuring at the Red Barn Feb 22nd Measuring was held February 22nd at the -OF Ranch. Thank you to the Eoff Family for letting us your facilities. If you weighed and measured your teams during the annual measuring- Moon Swanson will honor those measurements and figures at the 1936 Texas Race March 6-8. Just a reminder every buckboard and classic must be weighed and all mules and ponies must be measured exception to the big Mules. All racers must have a 2014 membership in order to receive points and qualify for awards. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Cameron Martin. ACWRA Sponsorship The association trailer team decals must be renewed- Please contact Amanda to ensure that you keep your team logo on the trailer this season. The cost is $20 to renew and $25 new decal per side. This is a good way to support the ACwRA and promote chuckwagon racing as we travel in Arkansas and surrounding states. We hope that the ACWRA trailer will be utilized as an information hub for both track owners and racers- we now have association hoodies and Association coats that you can have monogrammed with your team name for sale. We will also have some tack n Montana Silversmith Jewelry. We are currently working toward getting some raffle items which you can purchase tickets at the

trailer as well. Thanks to Ashley Spoon and Lindsey Rucker we now have ACWRA Racing Schedule posters available as well as sponsor information packetsplease get one of these packets and schedules to post in your hometown. We are currently taking sponsors for the starting barrels and finish line if you or someone you may know would be interested in advertising their business via ACWRA please contact an executive board member. Rookie Race Changes The ACWRA is a proud supporter of the National Championship Chuckwagon Races and we work together to ensure a successful Summer Series. If you have any questions on how to qualify in the summer series to win the trip or would like to compete as a rookie please contact Dan or Peggy Eoff or Dane and Dapple McCracken. Being it is the beginning of the season and there are more races in March than I can ever remember- It is a busy time for the board and the ACWRA members. The website is up and running make sure you go and check it out for current information and events! Those mules, ponies and horses may still be carrying their winter weight in the early months of March but load em’ up anyway….COOKS LOAD YOUR WAGONS!!


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ATRA holds yearly meeting, elects new officers

By Sherry Resecker

Top photo: Noah Grady recieves his award at the yearly meeting. Middle photo: Walter Red receives his awards for his mule Molly at the yearly meeting. Bottom photo: Tina Taylor and Sherry Resecker display their awards they received at the yearly meeting.

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Hello to everyone. Hope everyone is staying warm and cozy this winter. We have needed this cold for a couple of years, to kill bugs, ants and get rid of lots of things. It is nature’s way of taking care of all sorts of things. Be sure you have lots of fresh water for your horses in this cold, I keep a heater in mine so they have fresh water, and we don’t have to break the ice for them to get water. Also keep lots of hay out for them; they need the hay in the winter to help keep them warm. I know lots of folks use blankets on their horses, but horses have lots of hair to keep them warm. Their hair can move in 17 different ways to help heat their body and keep them warm. They can withstand more cold than we can, so I let mine be natural, it is healthier for them to be that way. Both vets that were here last month told me the same thing, they don’t need blankets, unless something is wrong. Now for the information everyone has been waiting on concerning our yearly meeting. For those of you who missed the meeting, you missed a great potluck, and missed helping get new officers elected. A big thanks goes out to Noah Grady for cooking the brisket, and pork butts and a big thanks to Michael Robinson for cooking the turkey breasts. Noah and Michael said Sherry Resecker had been holding out on them, she brought some wonderful homemade bread, so she was told she would have to make it again. There was plenty of food and desserts; if you went away hungry then it was your own fault. Thanks to everyone who was involved with bringing dishes of food and desserts, it was all very wonderful. ATRA does have some great cooks. Elections were held, and the new officers are President Tina Taylor, Vice President Joe Harris, Secretary Sherry Resecker and Treasurer Denise Morton. The board members are Butch Penney, Suzanne Hicks, Denis Fleming, Walter Red, Mary Finch and Tamara Laffoon. We are really glad to have these new Board Members and have a new Vice President. Tina Taylor is still the ride coordinator and Sherry Resecker is still the reporter. Tina does a great job putting rides together and hosting rides. Thanks to Sherry Resecker for doing the article for the Roundup and reporting. If you have news or want to host a ride then please contact one of these folks and they will be glad to help you in everyway possible. If you have any questions or want to know something give one of the people a call or send them an email. If they don’t have the answer, they will find out for you. James Keene missed the meeting, however he

has one of the best reasons ever. He was going to see his new grandbaby that was going to be born on Jan. 18. Congratulations to James and Debbie. James asked Sherry Resecker to give out the awards for mileage for members that are active in the mileage program and to equine that are active in the mileage program. Here is the listing of the awards that were given. 100 Mile certificates—Molly (the mule), owned by Walter Red; Skippy, owned by Sherry Resecker; Diego, owned by Noah Grady; and Sally, owned by Tina Taylor. 500 Mile Plaque—Senora Marina, owned by Sherry Resecker. 1000 Mile Plaque—Little Pete (the Mule), owned by Walter Red; Diamond Sunrise, owned by Noah Grady; Houdini, owned by Tina Taylor. 1500 Mile Patch and Plaque--Noah Grady. 2000 Mile Patch and Plaque and shirt, Tina Taylor. High Mileage Rider --Tina Taylor. High Mileage Horse--Houdini, owned by Tina Taylor. I just hope I did as good a job handing out the awards as James Keene does when he is there. Also, a big thanks to James for keeping the mileage for the club. This is just a fun way to keep up with the miles you ride each year. The miles are kept on record and accumulate as the years pass. It also lets you keep up with the miles you ride your equine. A big congratulations goes out to all the riders and equine and mules that are in the mileage program. Sign up if you aren’t in this program and just enjoying finding out how many miles you ride. Here are a couple of ride reports and a big thanks to Tina Taylor for sending me the reports. It is always nice to have these reports from someone who was at the ride, especially if you aren’t there to do the report. Thanks to everyone who sends information and pictures. Camp Robinson, Jan. 25 We had a nice ride at Camp Robinson. There were 8 riders. We went to ride with the bird dog gallery, but the field trial was cancelled so we just rode. We did a big loop out from the north end and ended up at the old grave yard. We had 2 guest riders. One of the guest riders Michelle Mace rode a really nice fjord gelding. She also has a dog that is used in search and rescue. She has also helped with some old cemetery restoration because her dog can help find exactly where the people were buried. She explained how the dogs were trained. It was interesting and a very rewarding help that she gives. Another guest we had was Kathy Farmer from Hot Springs who was riding as pretty of a

huge buckskin fella as I have ever seen. He was a jumper and a dressage horse. Both of these girls ride with the Arkansas Hunter Jumper Club. We had a great ride and rode several of the loops around Camp Robinson. We did see quite a few people working dogs and even had 1 covey of quail jump up and give us a startle. Anyone is welcome to come and ride with us. Trail riding is great therapy for your show horse and lets them and you get out and relax. Submitted by Tina Taylor Burns Park, Feb. 1 We were hoping the rain would hold off so we went ahead with the ride. I had scheduled us to ride out a little later than normal because you never know about February weather. We took a couple of short cuts and made it to the Big Dam Bridge in one hour at noon where we had a leisurely lunch break. After lunch we rode past Campbell Lake. We scared a large group of mallards that jumped and flew. Both Karen Pickett’s horse and mine did a synchronized 180. Karen held on much better than I did. I say it was because she has nice long legs and can hold on better instead of the short jockey legs I have. We rode along the river and it started to become misty so we turned and rode along the soccer fields to cross the main bridge again. We rode through the red covered bridge and stopped on the other side to let some children sit on a horse to have their picture taken. For anyone who has rode with our group a long time the horse was Rooster who had been owned by Tad Morris a long time ATRA member and great friend. Tad’s son Rick Morris inherited Rooster and had come to ride with us. We had a great time, beat the rain back, and hope to see Rick a lot in the future. Submitted by Tina Taylor That is all the news we have at this time. Be sure to check out the website, you can put an ad on there to sell your items, horses, tack, anything you have to sell, all you have to do is pay a small fee to ATRA. This is a way to help our club earn some money. Hope everyone stays well and warm till next time. Take care and be careful out there in this winter weather. Happy Trails to all till next month. Hope to see you on the trails, and riding soon.

ATRA RIDE CALENDAR March 15-10 a.m. at Brock Creek in Jerusalem, Ark. Host: Walter Red, 786-7145. Take I-40 West to Morrilton and take the second exit Hwy 95 North for about 10 miles at intersection of Hwy 124 turn left. Go about 9 miles at Jerusalem Hwy 124 will make a 90 degree turn to left, but stay north (gravel road) on Conway County 32/Forest Road 1305 for 5.5 miles. Turn right (east) on Forest Rd. 1309 for .1 mile. Keep left as it becomes Forest Rd.1331. Continue east for about 1 mile and at the fork keep right. Go across the Dam. The parking area will be on the left Zing Trailhead. Take I-40 West to Morrilton, Ark. March 22-23-Weekend Trailride-Falling Water Horse Camp-Pelsor, Ark. 479-372-5901 host Mary Lawrence 501-889-4569. From Russellvile-Go North on AR-7 for 37.9 mi to Pelsor/Sand Gap. Turn right on AR-16/SR 16 Hwy for 9.8 mi. Turn left on Upper Falling Water. Road before the billboard that says “Garrison’s Quarter Horses.” Camp entrance on the right~1.7 miles (Look for Gate). ALTERNATIVE DIRECTIONS: from I-40 Get off at the Atkins Exit. Go north to Hector. At Hector you are on Hwy-27. Keep north a mile or so and you will cross a bridge (the Illinois Bayou).Immediately look to the left for Old Hwy-27 Road.Turn left on this road (OLD HWY-27)it will turn to a good gravel road.It is about 11 miles north to Hwy 16.At Hwy-16 turn left(west) and go a couple of miles.Turn right on (Upper Falling Water Road) just past the billboard that says “Garrison’s Quarter Horses.” Camp entrance on the right ~1.7 miles (Look for Gate). Either set of directions will get you to Falling Water Horse Camp; the Hector directions has a gravel road. April 5-10 a.m. at Burns Park in North Little Rock, Ark. Host: Butch Penney, 944-4332. From I-430 North to I-40 East take the Burns Park Exit, turn right at the end of exit, go toward the North Little Rock Animal Shelter, just before the Animal Shelter take a right turn on Arlene Laman Drive, stay on Arlene Laman Drive, follow through until you come to the red covered bridge on your left, approx. 4 to 6 miles until you come to bridge. If you are coming from Little Rock on I-40 West, take the Burns Park Exit, at the stop sign take a left and cross over bridge, going toward the North Little Rock Animal Shelter, just before the animal shelter, you will turn right on Arlene Laman Dr., then continue with the above directions. You will go past the red covered bridge and at the next road turn left, and that is the horse trailer parking area. April 12-Noon at Penneyville, USA. Hot dog roast hosted by Butch Penney, 944-4332. From Interstate 430 take Hwy 10 (Cantrell Road) West and go 6 miles. At Chenal and Hwy 300 Junction (Wal-Mart), turn right on Hwy 300 and go 7 miles to Roland. Stay on Hwy 300, and go 6.1 miles to Penney Lane, turn left and go 2.2 miles to the house. The ride will begin at noon. We will ride until about 3:30 or 4 p.m. and then return to the house for a bonfire and hot dog roast. Food and drink will be provided and the only thing you will have to bring will be your appetite! If you are not able to ride and just want to come for the food and fun be sure to arrive about 3:30 p.m. An RSVP would be nice so that the appropriate amount of food can be purchased. Call Barbara at 944-4334, Butch at 944-4332 or email barbarap711@ All rides are weather permitting – if you’re not sure, call the ride sponsor. Please be aware of the departure time for announced trail rides. As a courtesy to others, always arrive early enough to be saddled up and ready to go at the announced departure time. Note: You do not have to be a member to ride with us, just come and have a good time. Everyone please have a current negative Coggins with you. Bring your lunch and drinks. Saturday rides begin at 10 a.m. and Sunday rides begin at 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted. It’s the rider’s responsibility to check with the ride host in case of inclement weather and for directions to the ride location. The host should provide ride information to the reporter for the Roundup. To schedule or change a ride contact Tina Taylor at 501-470-3164, 501-257-6100 or 501-764-8238 or email . The deadline for to submit information to her is the 9th of the month. If the weather is in doubt please call the ride host. Our yearly family memberships are $15.00. This includes having the Horsemen’s Roundup magazine delivered to your house every month, which is worth the membership fee. ATRA website: Trailblazers: We also have a Facebook page. HORSEMEN’S ROUNDUP

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Clinics coming up for Morgan Horse enthusiasts By Nancy Shefflette Saddleseat Clinic this Month Gayle Lampe, a faculty member at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, is conducting a saddle seat riding clinic at the university on March 21-25, 2014. Riders will ride twice on some days and three times on other days. Barn visits to saddle horse training stables in the area and a variety of lectures will be included. This clinic is mainly for adults; however, some highly motivated junior exhibitors could also be accepted. A maximum of ten riders will be accepted at one time. For further information, please contact Gayle Lampe at her office (573) 592-4395 or If you email her, she will send you back a detailed description of the clinic. The cost is $650 if you are able to stay for the entire clinic. Morgan Horse to Perform Cowboy Dressage in Equine Affaire’s Fantasia Jeff Wilson will present Morgan horse Del-View Catskill Valiant in cowboy dressage at this year’s Fantasia, which will take place in the coliseum of the Ohio Expo Center on April 10-12. For more than 15 years, the Fantasia has been a highlight of Equine Affaire, and an event that has been both the model and trendsetter for other equestrian entertainment events around the nation. The 2014 Fantasia will include several of the most popular elements and disciplines featured at previous shows including freestyle reining and dressage, Roman riding, liberty acts, and drill team routines. Among the other headliners are two of the top liberty horse trainers in the business: Guy McLean and Tommie Turvey. Other performers slated include the award-winning Canadian Cowgirls drill team, Christine Drentwett and Caroline Williams, and a host of other distinguished riders and handlers and unforgettable horses. Equine Affaire will take place April 10-13 at the Ohio Expo Center and offer an unparalleled program of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations; the

Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; a Youth Pavilion; a Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits; the Marketplace consignment area; a new Hobby Farms Pavilion; and the largest horserelated trade show in the nation. Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. More information or to order tickets for Equine Affaire and the 2014 Fantasia can be found at or by calling (740) 845-0085 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, weekdays. 2014 Equifest of St. Louis The Equifest of St. Louis is proud to announce St. Louis’ premier fall equine event at the National Equestrian Center, Lake St. Louis, Missouri, on October 25. Hosted by the St. Louis Regional Fox Trotters, Inc., this event is presented to promote and support all breeds in the equine community by presenting lectures and demonstrations by experienced equine professionals. Equifest is looking for breed representatives for its showcase, “The Parade of Breeds.” The parade of breeds as the finale will be

a spectacular showing. Exhibitors should demonstrate their breed at its best! Multiple exhibitors in the same breed are welcome during the allotted time for each breed in order to show the versatility and the various disciplines each breed has to offer. Each exhibition should last 5-10 minutes, include music, and a script. Come demonstrate along the side of greats such as Richard Shrake! Clinics, demonstrations, a Stallion Review, the Parade of Breeds, The Super Horse Competition, and shopping all in one location! For more information and reservation forms, contact Stephanie Follett, Equifest Chair,, (636) 448-2288. Calendar February 28 – March 2, San Antonio Horse Association Charity Horse Show with Morgan Horse Division, San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit or Show Manager Lisa Decuir, For more information, contact Vice President Monica Yarbrough at (501) 843-9715 or Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Shefflette at (501) 268-1439 or


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Ozark Gaited sets spring, summer shows

Jan Robbins and Ben Light giving a clinic on driving equipment. Several members have started learning more about carriage driving.

Wow, have we had some kind of winter. I sure hope you’ve been able to spend some time with your horse. Ozark Gaited has set the spring/summer show schedule. We will be changing our show dates from Friday to Saturday this year in hopes this will better accommodate everyone. Our shows will be the third Saturday of the months of May, June, July, August and October. We will skip the month of September as to not interfere with other shows. Show time is at 6:30 p.m., with the concession open with hamburgers and hot dogs. We will also have our popular Friday night lights. This is a time when we turn the arena lights on and just play and train. Lots of times it’s too hot to ride during the day in the summer, so this gives us a good opportunity to ride when the sun goes down and hopefully the temperature. So, come join us. There is a new happening with the saddle club. Several of our members have found a new way to enjoy time with equine. A new group has formed, White River Carriage Drivers. This is a newly formed group that plans on

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having organized drives cross country as well as showing in the show schedule. We also plan on having clinics to help us learn more about this sport. Most of us are new to this so now is a good time for you to consider joining in on the fun and we’ll all learn together. Right now we have ponies, horses and mini donkeys driving with us. Even if you don’t have a driving equine, keep watch on this site for our next meeting and come join in. And follow us on Facebook: White River Carriage Drivers. Hope to see y’all soon!!! Ozark Gaited Saddle Club, 1405 Locust Grove Road, Locust Grove, AR.

Pictured are some of the club members’ carts.

ApHC approves extra points for two-judge shows

By Janna Pfautz

Hey folks, breaking news! Our April 1 ApHC, Inc. approved horse show with two judges is a three-for-two-show! Cheryl Ogle and Dave Parlier will be our Judges. Judge Dave Parlier’s placings will count as two, so come show to two judges and get points for three judges. What a deal! Details about this show will be posted nearer the show date on our website ( so be sure to check the website at a later date for all the details (i.e. class list, entry fees, etc.). In the meantime, save the date for April 19 in Conway, Ark., and start brushing that winter hair off your spotted horse! Stalls are available at the rate of $25 per night. Please send reservations to Janna Pfautz at the email listed below. We started a new format in 2013, where every Singled Judged Show was an “Open” show. This was a great success and will continue in 2014. Every class with a single judge will be treated as an open class. Our first show in April will not have every class as “open” since it is a 34 MARCH 2014


multi-judge show; however, we will still offer or call 870-540-7690. For information regarding this article contact many “open” classes and invite all breeds to Janna Pfautz at 870-540join us for a day of great fun. 6562. Our 2014 schedule will be: April 19, Back Achers Ranch in Conway with 2 Judges (3 sets of points); June 14, Saline Co. Fairgrounds in Benton; and Oct. 11, Back Achers Ranch in Conway. The June and October shows will be “single judge” and offer a full slate of classes. Every class will be an “Open” class. Put these dates on your calendar now and plan on joining our fun, low-key group! Like us on Facebook at arkansasaphc. For more information about our Club, Show Dates and more, please visit our website at: For more information, contact President Suzi Holmes at suzi.holmes@gmail. Karissa and Sam show off their ribbons from the Youth com; or Vice President Carol Jones at World show.

MFTHBA wraps up 2013 with awards Wow! March is already here! February was quite a month with all the ice and snow! Spring is right around the corner on March 20th, so hang in there! I know everyone is so ready! We want to welcome all our show folks and trail riders back for the New Year! Congratulations to all the members on another successful year. Whether you showed or trail rode, I know you had a good time with your horse. At the Awards Banquet/Meeting the show folks were all awarded a certificate of appreciation. We do appreciate all who came to show! This was Alyssa Akridge’s last year to show as a youth. She was a dedicated youth in the show ring so look out adults! She got a very nice plaque and a gift card. Hopefully more youth will come to ride at the shows. The trail program had 33 riders and 45 horses for the year with 7 new horses getting their plaques! How exciting! Nadean Houghton is the Top Total Mileage Rider for the year and April Herrin is the Top Mileage Rider for the Yearly total. Smokey Joe’s Diamond Jim is Top Total Mileage horse for the year and Sensa-

tion’s Charming Anne is the Top Mileage horse for the yearly total. The 8-year-old Dallas twins, Gavin and Landon, both earned their 100 mile patches this year! They have been in the mileage program since 2009! Our auction was a success! Willene Grimmett made a beautiful flower arrangement and Ron Elmer made a beautiful knife. Both were big hits on the bidding! Thank you to everyone who donated an item or two and thanks to the bidders. Everyone got a door prize and also free samples from EQYSS. A big congratulations goes out to all participants. Hope to see you at the shows and on the trail in 2014! Jodie Huckaby will be having a ladies ride every third weekend at Rafter D starting in March. Please call her at 870-670-4710 for more information. Be watching the Chapter web site at for upcoming trail rides and shows! Check out the Youth Program. Happy Foxtrotting!

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Rides scheduled for fast trail club

By Adrienne Walsh

Spring officially starts March 20 and riding season will pick up soon! Right now is a good time to look over all your riding gear and check for signs of wear. Check for worn or loose straps, cracking leather, etc. and repair or replace now! Don’t let a great ride be ruined by a broken cinch, headstall, or stirrup! Wash your saddle pads and air dry to remove sweat and dirt. Even if you wait until warmer weather to ride, now is the time to start getting you and your horse in shape for summer riding. The gang of riders from the Arkansas Fast Trail Riders club hope you can join us on a ride soon! Upcoming rides include: March 1st - Chero-

kee Wilderness Area; March 8th - Sorghum Hollow; March 22nd - Pine Grove and March 29th - Moccasin Gap. All rides start at 10 am, unless otherwise stated. Directions will be posted on our Facebook page before all rides, so visit our page for more information about rides and dates. The weather was a little tough to take in February, but we still got in a few rides. I hope the snow and ice didn’t stop everyone from enjoying their horses. We had a great ride at Cherokee Wilderness area on the first of February. We were to ride there again the 8th, but the snow we got on the Friday night before made the roads too slick to ride.

JCRC seeks activity ideas JCRC had a nice group of club member’s show up for the first meeting of 2014. First order of business was to present Linda Owen 1st place for completion of 285 riding hours in the Saddle Up Club. Congratulations Linda. The target is now on you! Members of JCRC be sure and join the Saddle Up Club year and give Linda a run for her money. The following committees were appointed. Play Night: Virginia Cary (chairman), Madelynn Williams, Linda Owen, Amanda Davis Rachel Williams and Jody Williams. Grounds Committee: Mike Estes (chairman), Tommy Davis, Mike Cary, Angel Estes, Jason Williams and Linda Owen. Saddle Up Club: Sue

Karen Glover Hinerman and Shari Ricketts enjoyed a recent ride at Caney Mountain Horse Camp.

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Johnson. Other committee will be formed at the Feb. 17 meeting. The club is looking at have some extra fun days and activities. If anyone has any suggestions come to the meeting and share or let one of the Officers or Board members know. The Club will be having work days soon to get the arena ready for the next season of events. Play nights are just around the corner so get yourself and horses ready. Everyone is looking forward to those days. Check our Facebook page, Johnson County Roundup Club, for updates and information. Johnson County Roundup Club, Hwy 64 Lamar, AR, P.O. Box Linda Owen won the Saddle Up Club with 285 hours. 1137, Clarksville, AR.

Winners from the JCRC play night.

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CALENDAR OF MARCH 1 – Ranch Horse Clinic sponsored by UofA Extension Horse Program and the Arkansas Stock Horse Association at Moody Arena in Pleasant Plains, Ark. Six total clinics will be held on the first Saturday of each month. Other dates are March 1. Cost per clinic is $100; limit of 15 riders per clinic. Pre-registration is required; for more info or to register contact Mark Russell at or call 501-671-2190. Instruction will be by Mark Russell, Steve Jones and Jeremy Cox. 1-2 – Mid-South Quarter Horse Show at Paul Battle Arena, Tunica, Miss. For more information contact Christi Free 662-562-0669_ 3 – Purina presents a Horse Owners Workshop (HOW) from 8 to 5 p.m. at Williams Bros. Feed in Hot Springs, Ark. For more info contact Patti Nickels, 501-623-7716. 6 – Purina presents a Horse Owners Workshop (HOW) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmers Co-op in Ft. Smith, Ark. For more information contact James Reichert, 479-783-8959. 7-9 – Arkansas Stock Horse Association clinic and show at Midway Arena in Mt. Home, Arkansas. For more info visit 7 – Lubrisyn Big Ticket Team Roping at Paul Battle Arena, Tunica, Miss. For more information contact Kristen Cassidy 361-443-1426._ 7-9 – ACTHA Trail Challenges at J Bar K Ranch in Hartman, Ark. Halter series #1. Please visit to register online. Hearts and Hooves therapeutic riding center in Sherwood, Ark., will benefit from the event. 14 – Zone 6 APHA show at Battle Arena, Tunica, Miss. Zone 6 includes Ark, Miss., Louisiana, Tenn., and Ala. Visit for more info. 14-16 – Arkansas Barrel Racing Association annual Barrel Bash at Hestand Stadium, Pine Bluff, Ark. For more info visit 14-16 – St. Patrick’s Day Pot O Gold Ride and Gaited Clinic featuring trainer Mike Meizler, Flying R Ranch, West Plains, Missouri, 417-4692267, 15 – Trail challenge and field challenge Saturday at Tangled Mane Ranch, 593 County Road 4220 Clarksville, Ark. Registration starts at 9, ride out at 10 a.m. $10 for challenge, $5 for lunch. For more info call or text Linda at 479-647-9748 or email 22 – White River Cutting Horse Association show at Moody Arena in Pleasant Plains, Ark. For more info call Susan at 870-613-3875, Frank at 870-404-5748 or Terry at 870-370-3304. 27-29 – Three-day horsemanship clinic by RFD-TV’s Ken McNabb at Pauline Whitaker Arena, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark. For more information or to register, call 307-645-3149 or go to www.


Horses for Sale For sale or trade: 2000 MFT palomino gelding, 15.2 H, broke & gentle. Call 479387-2708 for more info. For Sale: Purebred Rocky Mountain Horse, Yearling colt, 50% Tobe, Chocolate, white M/T, extremely rare genetics, excellent breeding prospect. www.wildfirefarm. (870) 458-3433) 11 year old spotted saddle horse gelding and 17-year-old golden palomino Quarter Horse mare. $600 each or $1,000 for both. Call 479-647-0425. Miscellaneous 10x10 steel stall gates with 2 front walk-ins. $200. Discount on 3 sets or more. 870217-3201. Stall or pasture boarding in NW Ark. Indoor & outdoor lighted arenas. Trails & cross country course.,, 479-795-0570 Horse show season is coming. We have cowboy hats, English stirrups, show shirts, show quality bits and other horse related items for sale. Let us know what you are looking for we may have it, we are downsizing a bit, Call 501-804-6090 for information. Custom Built Red Cedar Log Home on 42 Scenic Acres, Good Pasture, 2 Ponds, 30X40 Polebarn, Large unatached Garage, Sm. Horse Shed, Large Carport, Fenced and Cross Fenced, Finished Walkout Basement, $245,000. Phone (870) 895-3635 HORSE-QUALITY Bermuda round-bales. Hay kept in barn since it was cut. We


28 – Deadline for entries into the Rodeo of the Mid-South Queen Pageant April 11 & 12, 2014 at Landers Center in Southaven, MS. Send request for entry packet to 29-30 – Racing in the Rockies, barrel racing at Old Spanish Trail Arena, Moab, Utah. For info contact APRIL 1 – Purina presents a Horse Owners Workshop (HOW) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Powell Feed & Pet, Siloam Springs, Ark. For more information contact Doyle Gibson, 479-524-3511. Another workshop will be held at Powell Feed & Fertilizer in Flippin from 8 to 5. The contact person is Mike King, 479-437-0410. Other HOW locations that same day include Farmers Association, Little Rock, from 8 to 5 with Danny Naegle, 501565-0961 as the contact person; Price Milling in Russellville, Ark., from 8 to 5 with Jay Price, 479-968-1662 as the contact person; Woods Feed Store in Cabot from 8 to 5, with Jackie Mahoney, 501-843-6121 as the contact person; and Gazaway Lumber in Jonesboro from 8 to 5 with Darrell Austin, 870-932-1311, as the contact person. 4-5 – Central Arkansas PRCA rodeo at Back Achers Ranch, Conway, Ark. Starting time 7 p.m. both nights. For information on sponsorships contact Becky Switzer, 501-230-7872. 4-6 – Cowgirl Getaway Weekend, Flying R Ranch, West Plains, Missouri, 417-469-2267, 5 – OK Horse Auction Special Spring Riding Horse Sale at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds, Poteau, Okla. Catalog deadline March 15. For more info call Rob at 918-413-3755 or Renata at 918-649-7999. Find them on\okhorseauction. 8 – Purina presents a Horse Owners Workshop (HOW) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena, Ark. For more info contact Paul Stanley, 479-394-3373. 10 – Purina presents a Horse Owners Workshop (HOW) from 5:30 to 8:30 at Franklin County Fairgrounds in Ozark, Ark. For more info contact Scott Childers, 479-667-3825. 11-12 – Arkansas Stock Horse Association clinic and show at Back Achers Ranch, Conway, Ark. For more info visit 11-13 – Flying R Ranch Trail Challenge I, Flying R Ranch, West Plains, Missouri, 417-469-2267, 24 – Purina presents a Horse Owners Workshop (HOW) from 5:30 to 8:30 at Back Achers Ranch, Conway, Ark. For more info contact Jim Walker, 501-329-2971. 26 – White River Cutting Horse Association show at Moody Arena in Pleasant Plains, Ark. For more info call Susan at 870-613-3875, Frank at 870-404-5748 or Terry at 870-370-3304.

Classified ads are $2.50 per line Call 501-428-3775 or email your ad to or mail to P.O. Box 656, Vilonia, AR 72173. will load it on your trailer. Only 9 bales left . NWArkansas. Margaret Barber (479)936-0705 Make a small investment in your horse’s future! I offer ground manners for young horses. Help create a good foundation with a respectful, quiet youngster. I offer training for you as well - learn what your horse knows & how to continue his training. Marsha Wyatt (918) 774-4828 or Pasture or stall boarding. New covered arena for riding all year round. Field and trails for riding. Stall horses fed twice daily. Pasture horses, once daily. Farrier service avail. Check our website for pictures and prices. 501-454-3606 Beebe Colt starting: Natural horsemanship methods. I start colts the right way, one wet saddle pad at a time. John Naugher, 501-230-9180. Do you want a calm and willing partner? Horse training near Marshall, Ark. John Long, 870-213-6875. Ref. on request. Horses Boarded, Dover, 160 acres, barn, trails, round pen. Lisa Harmon 479-9705396 Colt starting, trail training, groundwork, manners, get your horse respectful, responsive, soft & supple. Daniel. 501 733 3829. Horse training, colt starting, from ground manners to advanced, multiple disciplines, lessons available, near Jonesboro, (870) 243-5754. J-K Ranch in Hartman, AR has Indoor Arena with stalls, Cabins, Horse Campground with 30 & 50 AMP, Corrals, Events, Trail Riding, Trail Obstacles Course. Call 479-497-1059 to make Reservations. Like us on Facebook. HORSEMEN’S ROUNDUP

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