Quarter Horse Racing in U.S.A

Quarter Horse Racing in U.S.A

'The Quick and The Brave' This Painting which will go on exhibit in both Punchestown & the Dublin Horse show this year was inspired by a visit to the Los Alamitos track in California last year, where Quarter horses are raced over very short distances.

“The American Quarter Horse is usually easily distinguished by a small, refined head with a strong, incredibly well-muscled body. It has a broad chest and powerful hindquarters and may be anything from 14 to 17 hands in height. The stock type of quarter horse is usually stockier than the racing variety which is taller and more smoothly muscled. Their general appearance is slimmer and often they have a thoroughbred-like appearance. Yet they retain the speed, stamina and power which is characteristic of the breed and which will catapult a quarter horse to the front of the race. Quarter horse races generally take place over short distances which may range from 220 to 870 yards. In this distance, the average quarter horse will outstrip a thoroughbred whose body characteristics would most likely render him champion in a longer race. It is widely believed to be one of the world’s fastest short distance horses and has been clocked at 55 mph. With such an amazing capability for speed, it is not surprising that quarter horse racing is such a popular sporting activity in the United States.” AQHA.com

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