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Put Quarterfest on this Weekend's To-Do List

America’s Horse, April 28, 2009 – Hannah Montana’s horse, “Blue Jeans”; the two-hour smoke, lights, music and horses Extravaganza; mounted shooting with Outlaw Annie Bianco; horsemanship clinics; a trail ride through the beautiful Cedars of Lebanon State Park; and horsey activities for the kids are sure to be the highlights of the first-ever QuarterFest: A Celebration of the American Quarter Horse, this weekend – May 1-3 – in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. America’s Horse is the official publication of QuarterFest and will be covering the event with daily updates.

America’s Horse editor Holly Clanahan is stepping outside her traditional-publishing comfort zone with tweets from QuarterFest on twitter.com/americashorse.

Twitter is a “microblogging” service. It simply lets users say what they’re doing at the moment in 140 characters or less,” Holly writes in her blog, The Gallop Report (americashorsedaily.com/tweet-smarts/). “Kind of like a haiku. For some users, it’s pretty mundane. But for others, it’s a way to get real-time updates on a variety of situations – everything from earthquakes to political revolts. For AQHA, well, we hope there isn’t any sort of revolt at QuarterFest, but we do plan to offer plenty of real-time updates from the event – everything from where the best parking can be found, to quick tips from the clinicians.

“Cool? Yes, absolutely. But it’s making us all talk a little funny.

“When you post an update on Twitter, it’s called ‘tweeting.’ And those who tweet are called ‘twitterers.’ And to tweet from my Blackberry phone, I had to download an application called ‘twibble,’ which can also be used in a verb form. So I’m tweeting, I’m twibbling, I’m twying to remember to pronounce my R’s.”

Be sure to also check americashorsedaily.com for a slideshow from each day of QuarterFest and experience the event through Clanahan’s camera lens.

QuarterFest is a tribute to everyone’s favorite animal – the American Quarter Horse. So bring your horse along. We’ll have clinics and demonstrations all weekend long, with seven professional horsemen and -women: Curt and Tammy Pate, a husband and wife from Newell, South Dakota; Jeff Griffith of Gallatin Gateway, Montana; Bob Avila of Temecula, California; Julie Goodnight of Salida, Colorado; Christy Landwehr of Aurora, Colorado; and Bo Winslow of Estes Park, Colorado.

There will be a limited number of spots available for people to participate in clinics with their horses. However, there are unlimited opportunities to attend clinics without your horse. Visit http://www.aqha.com/quarterfest for the schedule and to enroll in the clinics and purchase your general admission, clinic and Extravaganza tickets. Avoid long lines at the gate and get your tickets online before you arrive!

The production company for “Hannah Montana: The Movie” has sent loads of Hannah Montana T-shirts, posters and other cool stuff, so besides getting your picture taken with Blue Jeans – be sure to bring your own camera – you’ll have a chance to get some of the cool movie merchandise, too.

In addition, the American Quarter Horse Association will also be offering several specials and giveaways including a WeatherBeeta cooler, AQHA Best Remuda coffee-table book or a Professional’s Choice saddle pad to those who purchase AQHA memberships as part of some crazy “blue-light specials”; a Tex Tan saddle for those who upgrade to three-year or life memberships; an MD Barns round-pen will be given away in a drawing from the names of those who do business at the AQHA booth; and a GPS and free riding hours will be given away in drawings related to the AQHA Horseback Riding Program. And the Dude Ranchers’ Association, an AQHA alliance partner, is giving away two dude ranch vacations – one each night of the Extravaganza. We’re even offering deals on subscriptions to AQHA’s official business publication, The American Quarter Horse Journal, which is the title sponsor of the QuarterFest Trail and Ranching Area.

QuarterFest is a three-day, education-packed celebration where horse enthusiasts from around the world will gather for fun, entertainment and festivities to honor the world’s most versatile horse – the American Quarter Horse. Our sponsors – Tractor Supply, B&W Trailer Hitches, John Deere, Justin Boots, Merial, Nutrena, Professional’s Choice, Bank of America, Montana Silversmiths, Farnam, Breyer, La Cense Montana, Priefert Ranch Equipment and Wrangler – share our passion for horses and are an integral part of QuarterFest.


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