Cowtown Classic Coverage in Quarter Horse News

The

NRHA Cowtown Classic

is one of my favorite horse shows to cover. Talented reiners gather at Will Rogers to duke it out for some serious cash. Last year I covered the show (candid photos too) for both NRHA and Quarter Horse News. Check out the QHN coverage below. To read the complete article, go HERE.

Custom Clothing Article and Cover in May 2013 Paint Horse Journal

Recently I wrote an article for the Paint Horse Journal about creating your own show clothes with James Saubolle of Elite Show Horses, Heather Lynn Meyer and Suzi Vlietstra of Hobby Horse Inc. I also took the photos with several Youth riders. The Journal published one of my photos on the cover too! Below are the photos and article. You can read the article HERE.

International Shipping article in Barrel Horse News

Last fall, Barrel Horse News used some of my photos from my overseas trip to with Nedpoint for an article about international shipping. Check it out! This is the first time my work has been published in Barrel Horse News. You can read the article HERE.

Equine Mental Health Therapy article for Horse & Rider

Mental health disorders and therapy are a topic close to my heart. With so many tragedies in the news lately especially, I feel strongly about the need for more research to find therapy that works. One such method that has seen great success is the incorporation of horses into therapy. My article for the April Horse & Rider explored equine facilitated psychotherapy for troubled youth, sufferers of disorders such as schizophrenia and especially individuals afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder. Surprisingly, horse therapy also has a place in corporate team building. I hope my article is informative to you. If you have any questions about this avenue of therapy, you can contact one of the sources in the article at PATHintl.org or you can email me at abigail@abigailboatwright.com and I can send you on to one of the other contacts I gathered during my research.


Horsemanship Pattern Trends with America's Horse Daily

My friends at GoHorseShow.com posted a link to one of my articles from AQHA today. America's Horse Daily published an article I wrote for the Journal about trends in horsemanship patterns at Quarter Horse shows. I'm happy to share it with y'all too! Here's the link for the full article online.


Courtney and Cade photoshoot - part 1

I can't believe I didn't post these photos before! This shoot had all my favorite ingredients: family, horses and beautiful light. It was so much fun! I've photographed Courtney and Cade every year, and these are actually from last year. It's always so much fun. I've got photos from this year to show you as well, but I'll save it for another post. So without further adieu, here you go!

Two-part Arena Series in the American Quarter Horse Journal

I've had the pleasure of writing about arenas several times for several publications since I was an intern at AQHA. I feel like every time, I delve a little deeper, and I love getting to talk to experts in this highly technical and broad field. Following are two articles I wrote for the American Quarter Horse Journal. The first talks about building your own arena, and the second talks about caring for the footing. .

Part 1

And here's part 2.

Sliding plate article in American Quarter Horse Journal

As often as I've ridden horses using sliding plates, I kind of took them for granted. Every reiner has them--it's just expected. But when I was asked to write this article for the American Quarter Horse Journal, I got to delve deeper into the history of sliders and learn exactly how they help (and can hinder) a horse's stop. Hope you enjoy!

Western and English Spur Articles in the American Quarter Horse Journal

I've just realized I've been sitting on these articles for a bit, for no particular reason. I'm happy to share them with you now. It was fun writing this two-part series  for the American Quarter Horse Journal about style, fit and usage of English and Western spurs. I hope you enjoy them too! 

And here's the Western article:

JEH Equine Reproduction Specialists Photoshoot

These photos are from a commercial shoot I did for JEH Equine Reproduction Specialists. The vet clinic has the latest and greatest in equine breeding technology, so it was really neat to learn about their business. Many of the photos from the shoot have been used in articles I wrote for The Reiner and the Paint Horse Journal, and JEH made brochures, billboards and even a calendar using the photos. Here are some photos from the shoot.

Paint Horse Competition of the Future - April 2012 Paint Horse Journal

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the American Paint Horse Association. To commemorate this milestone, the Paint Horse Journal has run articles that take a look back--and more importantly, look forward. I wrote an article that shared predictions from industry professionals on the state of Paint Horse competition. I think it's really interesting, and I hope you do too.

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Miss Mareners article in July 2012 Paint Horse Journal

Miss Mare-ners was probably my favorite article idea that I pitched and wrote while working at the Paint Horse Journal. The articles are about a horse advice columnist that gives advice to worried and annoyed horses from around the country. Miss Mare-ners appeared twice while I was at APHA and I got to bring her back for a third article this summer. Miss Mare-ners wouldn't be half as great a character--or article series--without awesome illustrations by APHA's Dave Clowers. Laren Dubin has been the perfect source for a wacky topic like a horse advice columnist. I couldn't have done it without either of them and I'm grateful that APHA let me bring back my favorite horsey character--pearls and spectacles and all. I'm excited to show y'all this article. I love it and I hope you do too!

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International Horse Shipping article in June 2012 Paint Horse Journal

Earlier this year I had the coolest opportunity. I got to visit Amsterdam, and on the flight over I was a groom for Nedpoint. Flying with horses beats the pants off flying normally, and the story I got from the trip was one-of-a-kind. During the trip, I also got permission to take photos of the transport facilities that have not been previously allowed. My story appeared in the June 2012 Paint Horse Journal. Let me know what you think!

Suspensory article in April 2012 Paint Horse Journal

I've got a crop of articles to share with y'all this week. I wrote an article for the Paint Horse Journal about suspensory ligament injuries in Western pleasure horses. Prior to researching this article, I didn't realize this type of injury occurred in horses outside of high-impact disciplines such as reining. Writing this article was an eye-opening experience. I hope you enjoy it!

You can read the full PDF of the article HERE.

Abigail Boatwright Communications suspensory ligament injury western pleasure paint horse journal david dutton kenton arnold

Abigail Boatwright Communications suspensory ligament injury western pleasure paint horse journal david dutton kenton arnold

Abigail Boatwright Communications suspensory ligament injury western pleasure paint horse journal david dutton kenton arnold

Abigail Boatwright Communications suspensory ligament injury western pleasure paint horse journal david dutton kenton arnold

Hoof and Leg Alignment Feature for May 2012 The Reiner

One of the seminars I attended at AAEP in November talked about leg alignment. I was totally enthralled. Lucky for me, The Reiner asked me to write about the topic, so I got to work with Dr. Redden first hand. This is a great piece about evaluating your horse's legs for proper alignment. I hope you get something out of it. I know I'll be looking at my future horse's legs much more carefully. Read in PDF format here.

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Mustang Feature in April/May 2012 Western Shooting Horse

I loved researching this story for Western Shooting Horse magazine. There are so many wild horses in the United States and it was really cool to see some of them thrive in this line of work. The photos I was given for the article were interesting--have a look at the full article HERE if you want to learn why Mustangs are the preferred off-road vehicle for the Tucson Border patrol.

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Queso Lena Mas Quarter Horse photoshoot

This is a very special shoot for me to share with y'all today. I began taking riding lessons at eight years old, and my life was forever changed. Throughout my childhood and high school, that riding instructor was a second mother to me and she taught me so much about life, horses and hard work. Last fall, that lady, Alice Scott, asked me to take these photos of her partner's 3-year-old reining horse Queso Lena Mas. You wouldn't know it, but the backdrop is Will Rogers Memorial Center and the horse was at a show. We only had 30 minutes, but I'm really happy with the photos of this young reiner. Hope y'all enjoy this sampling!

Abigail Boatwright Communications Queso Lena Mas NRHA AQHA Quarter Horse Alice Scott Fort Worth Will Rogers memorial Center



Abigail Boatwright Communications Queso Lena Mas NRHA AQHA Quarter Horse Alice Scott Fort Worth Will Rogers memorial Center

Abigail Boatwright Communications Queso Lena Mas NRHA AQHA Quarter Horse Alice Scott Fort Worth Will Rogers memorial Center

Abigail Boatwright Communications Queso Lena Mas NRHA AQHA Quarter Horse Alice Scott Fort Worth Will Rogers memorial Center

Abigail Boatwright Communications Queso Lena Mas NRHA AQHA Quarter Horse Alice Scott Fort Worth Will Rogers memorial Center

Abigail Boatwright Communications Queso Lena Mas NRHA AQHA Quarter Horse Alice Scott Fort Worth Will Rogers memorial Center

Acupuncture for equine reproduction - March 2012 The Reiner

I attended the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention last November and came home with a treasure trove of story ideas. One seminar I audited was about using acupuncture for equine reproduction benefits. Acupuncture is fascinating, and the benefits for reproduction are astounding. Lucky for me, The Reiner asked me to write an article about it so I got to learn a lot from several experts! Click HERE to see the full article, beginning on page 70.

Abigail Boatwright Communications NRHA The Reiner March 2012 acupuncture equine reproduction

Abigail Boatwright Communications NRHA The Reiner March 2012 acupuncture equine reproduction

March 2012 The American Quarter Horse Journal article

In 2006, I interned at the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, Texas. It was the greatest summer of my life and much of what I learned from that experience I still use today. After I became a freelance writer last year, my former mentors at AQHA approached me to write some articles for them. I was thrilled to join their team and contribute to one of my favorite horse magazines. Here is the first of six articles I have scheduled with The American Quarter Horse Journal. In this article, we take a look at recent trends in horsemanship patterns. You can read the full article HERE.


Abigail Boatwright Communications AQHA Quarter Horse Journal March 2012 horsemanship pattern trends world show

Abigail Boatwright Communications AQHA Quarter Horse Journal March 2012 horsemanship pattern trends world show

Abigail Boatwright Communications AQHA Quarter Horse Journal March 2012 horsemanship pattern trends world show

Abigail Boatwright Communications AQHA Quarter Horse Journal March 2012 horsemanship pattern trends world show