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America's Horse Weekly reports:

In celebration of National Day of the Cowboy Saturday, July 26, AQHA welcomed folks to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo for a free day of fun for the whole family.

Despite the heat, about 1,200 people attended this exciting fourth-annual event that brings kids and adults closer to the world's most popular horse - the American Quarter Horse.

"It is our honor to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy with the Amarillo-area community and the folks who came from far away to enjoy this special event," said AQHA's Tom Persechino. "Many folks come for the chance to pet a real, live horse and for the opportunity to take a free horseback ride. We also hope that, through this event, we can educate families about the benefits of the western lifestyle and owning an American Quarter Horse. Our thanks to the support we received from the community to help make this event possible."

Kids of all ages enjoyed making their own ropes and learning how to rope cows. Some tried their hand at the junior rodeo hosted by Pokey the Clown. They raced to deliver the mail on stick horses, milk a wooden cow and brand wooden calves. The rodeo champions earned the right to compete at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association junior rodeo world championship in November at the Amarillo Civic Center.

Folks also enjoyed blacksmithing and doll-making demonstrations and cooled off inside the museum, where they left their mark on a Center City Quarter Horse statue that will be displayed in Amarillo. Kids found story time and puzzles in one room and practiced riding quarter ponies in another.