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Pacific Coast Journal is the Largest Quarter Horse publication on the West Coast. We are the official publication for the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association, Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association and a PROUD Sponsor of West Coast Reining Horse Association.

PCJ is a FREE magazine direct mailed to;

· Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association member
· West Coast Reining Horse Association member
· Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association subscriber
· AQHA, NRHA & NRCHA Judges in the United States

Pick up Pacific Coast Journal at ALL West Coast AQHA, NRCHA, NCHA and NRHA show along with all PCQHA and PCCHA approved shows. You can also get your copy of Pacific Coast Journal at ALL AQHA, NRCHA, NCHA and NRHA Futurities, Derbies, World and Championship Shows.

Special Online Auctions for Broodmares and Halter Prospects in July from Pro Horse Services PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   

The Broodmare Affaire and Halter Prospect Sale are two special Online Auctions offered in July, along with the July Online Auction, featuring 130 Top Quality Quarter Horses, Paint and Appaloosas.  The bidding opens for all three sales on July 20.  Bidding for the Broodmare Affaire will close on July 22. The Halter Prospect Sale will close on July 23 and the July Online Auction will close on the 24th. For more information and a link to the Online catalog go to

2014 Arizona Fall Championship, Presented by AzQHA to Offer More! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   

After the overwhelming success of the inaugural Fall Championship, we are anticipating equal and greater class sizes for this year's event. The class schedule was designed to take that into consideration. The show will be held September 24-28, 2014 at West World in Scottsdale, Az. Scottsdale hotels are offering great rates for this event!

Ask The Vet? - The Pre-Purchase Examination PDF Print E-mail
Written by Courtesy of AAEP   

I am buying a horse and a lameness exam seems a waste of money. What is really important to know and tests be taken when considering buying a horse? I am about to buy an 8-year-old that moves very well. What are the hidden considerations?

A thorough pre-purchase exam is an important part of buying a horse. For most equine practitioners, the lameness portion of the exam is only a small part. The horse should be examined from nose to tail, including the eyes, heart, lungs, oral cavity, skin, and musculoskeletal system. This "vetting" is crucial to help you decide if the horse will be a suitable match. 

Kellie Hinely and Trendsetter Performance Horses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacie Campuzano   

Kellie Hinely of Chino Hills, California is well-known on the Quarter Horse Circuit along the West Coast. Over the course of the last thirteen years, she has built a very successful business and career while growing a strong family. When she started Trendsetter Performance Horses in 2001, Hinely says “My goal was to make a living doing what I love.” But, she adds that “I never thought it would be as big as it is.”

The Other Side of Horse Showing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily   

Pamela Britton-Baer chronicles the tale of her first experience judging a horse show.

Recently, someone asked me to judge a 4-H horse show.

I’ll admit, I was flattered. Being asked to judge is almost a rite of passage. Someone thought enough of my abilities that they reasoned I could judge little kids.

It brought tears to my eyes.

I said, “Yes,” of course, after making sure my day as a volunteer wasn’t against amateur status rules.


Metallic Cat Offspring Break Records at the 2014 Breeder’s Invitational PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Renner   

Among the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and cutting horse industry, Metallic Cat is a widely recognized name. The 2005 red roan Quarter Horse stallion, out of High Brow Cat and Chers Shadow by Peptoboonsmal, debuted in the futurity with trainer Beau Galyean and retired 12 shows later after never losing a cow throughout his entire show career. He was the 2008 NCHA Open Futurity Champion and NCHA Horse of the Year in 2009 as well as the top money earning horse all ages all divisions and Derby Open Champion at the 2009 Breeder’s Invitational (BI).

Heat Stroke PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven M. Haugen, DVM, Courtesy of AAEP   

heat stroke

The body maintains its normal temperature in hot weather by moving heat through the muscles and out through the skin. Blood also removes heat as it circulates through the body and releases it through lung tissue, skin and expanding blood vessels. This is why our own vessels and the horse’s blood vessels may appear larger and more distended during hot weather.

This serves to cool the skin as it evaporates. Horses that cannot sweat will usually overheat very rapidly, even in cooler weather with a small amount of exercise. Other factors may increase heating the body other than just outside temperature.

Magnificent Seven All Around Stock Horse Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Walker   

Each year, horsemen from across the country gather at Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California, to prove their mettle in the Magnificent Seven All Around Stock Horse Championship. A large crowd is always in attendance to see these cowboys strut their stuff in herd work, rein work, and fence work, with the seven finalists battling it out for the title on Friday night of the Expo.


A Mental Guide to Horse-Showing Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily   

Heed these 12 tips to change your thinking before heading to your next horse show.

Great coaches in any sport will tell you that getting someone to become mentally stronger is their most challenging task. Teaching physical skills is much simpler because it’s concrete. For example, your riding instructor can easily coach you on seat, leg and hand cues to switch leads. It would be much more difficult and elusive to help you gain the confidence to become an Olympic rider.

Hickory Holly Time and Kelby Phillips Win NRCHA Derby Open Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Courtesy of NRCHA   

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Jack and Phoebe Cooke Memorial Derby is the largest and richest limited age event for 4- and 5-year-old cow horses. Saturday, June 14, was the day competitors had worked toward through the preliminary and final round, as Derby Champions were crowned in Paso Robles, California.

Sealed by a gritty cow work, Hickory Holly Time (One Time Pepto x Hickorys Holly Cee x Doc's Hickory), shown by Kelby Phillips for owners Garth and Amanda Gardiner, earned the Derby Open Championship with a 660.5 score.

It was a breakthrough NRCHA Premier Event Open title for the talented, up-and-coming horseman, who has trained Hickory Holly Time from the very beginning.

Thursday Afternoon Fantasy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky Hanson   

The horse industry is a tough one.  For those who choose to do "the horse thing" as a hobby, it is a very expensive endeavor, while at the same time, for most of those who choose to make a living at it, it is not necessarily highly lucrative.  However, the one thing that each end of the spectrum have in common is that both are making some kind of sacrifice in order to follow their order to live their dream.

For those people who work a long week in order come home and enjoy their horses or load up and head off to lessons, the financial output seems daunting and terminal.  There is training and/or board, lessons, shoes, vet bills, vaccinations, day fees, judges fees, video fees, fuel, trailer payments, truck payments, hours traveling to and from the trainer's, show expenses like stalls, shavings, entry fees, and the list goes on.  Certainly there are days when they ask themselves, "What in the world am I thinking?!"  Then there are those whose long work week is spent with said horses.


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