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Matt Gaines at the All American Quarter Horse Congress - Another history making event by Allen Gutowski

Matt and “Baby” made history again by being the only Open horse & rider to qualify for all eight of the Mercuria Finals in one year with last night’s win being his fourth Mercuria Championship in a row to go along with the first one in San Antonio earlier this year and the Reserve Championship in Calgary a few months ago. In total they have racked up a little over $66,000 in Mercuria earnings alone and giving him total Open earnings of somewhere around $115,000 for the year. Matt has a huge lead in the Open standings and has already secured the Open Championship but they have one more goal in their sights which is the record held by Pete Branch and Ms Peppy Cat for the most money ever won in the Open in one year which stands at $131,516 set back in 2008 BEFORE the Mercuria World Series of Cutting format was implemented.

Matt said they will go home and get rested up before heading to the Southern Cutting Futurity and possibly some of the Batesville cuttings. Matt also wanted to give a shout out to all his help that have helped them along the way and especially his wife Tara who has had "Baby" ready for him all year and taken such great care of her and keeping her feeling good. On an interesting little side note Matt Gaines was also the original trainer on second placed horse Cat Black I and 4th place horse Meradas Chula. 

Read the full article on Cutting Horse Central.

Open Mercuria Champion Matt Gaines & Special Nu Baby

Open Mercuria Champion Matt Gaines & Special Nu Baby

ECB Spa owner among AQHA: American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees by Allen Gutowski

James E. Helzer of Arlington, Texas, is a 20-year breeder of American Quarter Horses who served as AQHA president in 2009-10. The racing breeder and his wife, Marilyn, bought their first racehorse in 1962.

While working in the defense industry, Helzer trained racehorses on the side and eventually became a roofing contractor who built a business that grew to encompass nine states and 33 locations. In 1990, he bought Refrigerator, who won that year’s All American Futurity, became a two-time world champion in racing, retired as the then all-time leading money earner with $2,126,309 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1993, Helzer turned his business expertise to breeding American Quarter Horses and established stallion stations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. After his term as AQHA president, he continued his service on AQHA committees. 

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Injured Quarter Horse Is Back In The Show Ring Thanks To Spa Treatment by Allen Gutowski

From The Equine Chronicle Online (April 2012) - Margaret Smith and her AQHA gelding Invite Rumors, known as Roo, are back in the show ring after Roo’s successful treatment at The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala. Roo was injured in a pasture accident and the injury healed following treatments in the Cold Saltwater Spa at The Sanctuary.

A horse being treated in the ECB Equine Spa at The Sanctuary

A horse being treated in the ECB Equine Spa at The Sanctuary

Horses get regular Spa treatments leading up to the AQHA World Championship by Allen Gutowski

                       Harley D Zip

                       Harley D Zip

“Hot Ones Only Wins His 7th AQHA World Championship” Hunt Seat Horses.com(2010) – Charlie Cole’s and Leena Volmer’s horses get regular Spa treatments leading up to the AQHA World Championship.

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