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Name the breed of horse that fits this job profile: quintessential cow horse, reliable trail mount, trustworthy schoolmaster, athletic sporthorse and ruler of all western performance events. If you said, “The American Quarter Horse,” give yourself a horse cookie because you’re correct. To celebrate the ways in which American Quarter Horses have had a positive impact on those who ride and care for them, the American Quarter Horse Association and one of its corporate sponsors, MD Barns, offers the Silver Spur Award to honor the unsung heroes of the breed.

Nominees for the award were accepted and then narrowed down to the top five finalists. AQHA members have voted for their favorite nominee, but the winner is kept secret until the AQHA convention in March.

Here’s your chance to meet the five Silver Spur Award finalists. Which horse is your favorite?

**For the full article, pick up the February 2007 issue of HORSE ILLUSTRATED.**

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