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Laynie Wilson of Reading, Kansas, competes on Miss Flaming Rio at the Kansas National Barrel Horse Association State Finals in 2014.

Going strong at 29, Rio takes several families, generations to rodeo honors

“Rio is a horse of a lifetime. She’s absolutely the perfect horse if there ever was one,” exclaimed Leah Tenpenny Wilson of Reading.

“I rode and won at rodeos on Rio when I was in junior high, and now our six-year-old daughter Laynie is riding Rio, and winning at rodeos, too,” continued Wilson, who along with her husband, Adam, have been lifelong accomplished rodeo contestants.

The 29-year-old gray Quarter Horses mare, registered as Miss Flaming Rio, is well known throughout rodeo circuits of the Midwest. That’s not just from one cowgirl, but for several families, and even more riders, all taking their share of the winners’ pot on her back.


AQHA works to put the horse first

At its April meeting, the AQHA Executive Committee continued to make huge strides for the benefit of the American Quarter Horse by approving stronger penalties and fines for animal welfare rule violators; enacting significant penalties for positive drug tests involving detection of clenbuterol in show horses beginning Nov. 1, and modified penalties in horse racing, beginning May 1, 2015; barring the use of lip chains in show horses beginning Jan. 1, 2016; and several other actions. The actions exemplify the Association taking a firmer stand on animal welfare for the protection of the horse and for the future of the breed.

How to feed a severely neglected rescue horse

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

When we can offer a safe, caring home to a severely neglected horse, everyone in the horse world cheers. If you have recently adopted a rescue horse, let me first commend you for your actions. Saving a horse that is in desperate need of care and nursing him back to health can be one of the most gratifying experiences a horse owner can have. But you must be committed to giving him a lot of time and attention. The transition period is critical. He’ll need to be moved in and out of pasture throughout the day, fed hay nearly every couple of hours, and given frequent supplemental meals until he gets to where he can hold his own.

AQHA continues to promote animal welfare

The health and well-being of the American Quarter Horse is the American Quarter Horse Association’s utmost concern. In accordance with AQHA’s mission statement, the American Quarter Horse shall be treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times. It is the goal of AQHA to educate members and non-members on this issue.

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Going strong at 29, Rio takes several families, generations to rodeo honors



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