Fun Facts


  • The American Paint Horse registry originated in Gainesville in 1962 by founder Rebecca Tyler Lockhart.
  • The first Cutting Horse competitions were in 1920 at The Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth.
  • Horses are measured in hands and a hand is four inches.
  • The American Donkey & Mule Society is located in Denton County. A natural protector from coyotes, donkeys are often penned with horses.
  • There are over 200 breeds of horses in the world.
  • Three of the Four members of 2008 FEI USA Reining Team are from North Texas.
  • The luckiest horse shoe of all is one off the hind leg of a gray mare.
  • The leading all-time money earner in the National Reining Horse Association is from Tioga.
  • Horses can see in two directions at once.
  • American outlaw Sam Bass began his career as a horse racer in North Texas atop the famous Denton Mare.
  • A newborn foal’s legs are already 90% of the length they will be when full grown.
  • Tioga native Gene Autry had 7 horses over the course of his career all named “Champion”.
  • A foal is able to stand just one hour after birth.



  • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – January/February
  • International Arabian Horse Association Cowtown Classic – March
  • International Arabian Horse Association Cowtown Classic – March
  • NCHA Super Stakes – March/April
  • Texas Quarter Horse Association Texas Classic – May/June
  • National Reining Horse Association Derby – June
  • American Paint Horse Assoc. World Championship – June/July
  • NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular – July
  • Dal-Worth Appaloosa Summer Sizzler – August
  • American Miniature Horse Association
  • World Championship Show – September/October
  • Peruvian Paso Horse Registry of North America
  • National Horse Show – October
  • Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival – October
  • Appaloosa Horse Club World Championship Show – October/November
  • National Reining Horse Futurity – November
  • American Paint Horse Association World Championship – November
  • NCHA World Championship Futurity – November/December