quarter horse


Definition of quarter horse

: any of a breed of compact muscular saddle horses developed in the U.S. and characterized by great endurance and by high speed for short distances

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The Alameda County Fair offers three $8,000 stakes for non-thoroughbreds: the Pleasanton Mule Sprint, June 29; the Jack Robinson Handicap for quarter horses, July 4; the Pleasanton Arabian Stakes, July 6. Larry Stumes, SFChronicle.com, "Northern California horse racing heads for the fair circuit," 13 June 2019 In 1983, Baffert moved to California to train at the famous Los Alamitos quarter horse track near Los Angeles. Rob Hodgetts And Aly Vance, CNN, "Top trainer Bob Baffert: 'Once horses get in your blood, you can't get out'," 6 June 2019 Take a cinematic cruise down the long flat farm roads, cooing at highland cattle and relaxed quarter horses or stop to collect a local farmer’s bounty in exchange for a few dollars in the honor system jar. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Like thoroughbreds, quarter horses automatically become one year older each Jan. 1. Hal Lundgren, Houston Chronicle, "Dash Quick Perry a late bloomer that could challenge at SHRP," 20 Apr. 2018 The cast for each approximately two-hour show includes about 20 actors and their Andalusians or quarter horses — which are used more for jousting and games. Jessica Peralta, latimes.com, "A queen begins her reign at Medieval Times in Buena Park," 16 Mar. 2018 Lewis, who works 40 hours a week for an electric company in addition to training quarter horses, might have to add financial tips to his busy schedule. Hal Lundgren, Houston Chronicle, "Eye N Capo wins Sam Houston Classic," 12 May 2018 That's been with Baffert, who first encountered quarter horses as a kid on his family's Nogales, Arizona ranch, his entire career. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert knows it's all about the break for Justify in the Belmont," 6 June 2018 The following year, Gamble switched to all four games on a Saturday up at Nippert, and all of a sudden, the Showdown took off like a quarter horse down a fast track. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Why Cincinnati was and still is the perfect place for the Crosstown Showdown," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of quarter horse

1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quarter horse

from its high speed for distances up to a quarter of a mile

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English Language Learners Definition of quarter horse

: a small, strong horse that can run very fast for short distances

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Kids Definition of quarter horse

: a stocky muscular saddle horse capable of running fast for short distances

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