Horse Showing

A Horse-Showing Family

July 23, 2014

With youth exhibitors converging on Oklahoma City next week for the 2014 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, let’s take a look at an exciting moment from last year’s barrel racing.

Jacie Etbauer runs Whistle Bugs for home and the world championship at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Journal photo

Jacie Etbauer runs Whistle Bugs for home and the world championship at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Journal photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Get ready for this year’s Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show by remembering one of the best moments from last year’s competition:

The barrel racing competition at the 2013 Ford Youth World proved that it’s all in the family when three Etbauer siblings brought home a world championship, a reserve world championship and a top-10 placing. Read the rest of this entry »

Riding to Horse-Showing Success

July 16, 2014

Explore the undeveloped potential that all equestrians and horses possess.

The way you view and treat all horses and all people in your life determines your experience with them. Journal photo

The way you view and treat all horses and all people in your life determines your experience with them. Journal photo

By Barbra Schulte in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Two amateurs can look for the same kind of horse at the same auction on the same day. One leaves the sale thinking there was nothing there worth buying. The other purchases an inexpensive gelding and eventually has more show success on that horse than ever before.

Joe gets along well with Jim, a famous trainer, while Mary thinks he’s too demanding and rude when he coaches.

A reining horse labeled crazy and unresponsive could be rejected by one person and catapulted to great success by another. Read the rest of this entry »

Riding the Perfect Horsemanship Pattern

July 9, 2014

Horse Showing 101: Approach a horsemanship pattern with your best skills and a solid plan.

Horsemanship is about displaying skills and training to the best of the horse and riders ability. The horsemanship pattern shown is from the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

Horsemanship is about displaying skills and training to the best of the horse and rider’s ability. The horsemanship pattern shown is from the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

By AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Kearns in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horsemanship is about creating a dance between you and your horse that everyone else watches and thinks, “Wow, how did they do that?” It’s about showing off your partnership.

You have to think of it as a dance, and you are your horse’s lead. You must be the lead and tell your equine partner where to go, and guide him to his most graceful position correctly. A good lead can make a partner look a lot better than he or she might actually be.

That’s what a great horsemanship pattern is all about: showing what you’ve got, the best you can. Read the rest of this entry »

Speedy Horse-Showing Equipment

June 25, 2014

From bits and bats to saddles and spurs, AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Leasor shares his horse tack preferences for his speed-event horses.

Doug Leasor describes the horse tack he uses for speed events. Journal photo.

Doug Leasor describes the horse tack he uses for speed events. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Leasor, born and raised in Kentucky, has found his niche with Quarter Horses, even in the midst of Thoroughbred country. He got his first pony at 6, upgraded to a Quarter Horse at 12 and has had a passion for speed events ever since. Doug grew up competing in 4-H team roping and barrel racing. Now he trains and rides speed even horses.

Doug shares his equipment preferences for his speed-event horses, from bits to bats and saddles to spurs. Doug’s advice will ensure that you are prepared for your next event. Read the rest of this entry »

A Horse-Showing How-To: The Longe-Line Class

June 18, 2014

Part 2: So, you’ve decided you want to show in the longe-line class. Examine these tips for prepping a yearling to step into the show ring.

Judges inspect a yearling during a longe-line class at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Larri Jo Starkey photo.

Judges inspect a yearling during a longe-line class at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Larri Jo Starkey photo.

By Jet Thompson in The American Quarter Horse Journal

If you’re looking for another way to expose your yearling to the show ring, the longe-line class might be for you. Offered by the National Snaffle Bit Association (an AQHA alliance partner), the class enables both western and English prospects a chance to experience the horse-showing scene.

Before diving into the nitty gritty of the longe-line class, review Part 1 to learn the basics of the class. Read the rest of this entry »

A Horse-Showing How-To: The Longe-Line Class

June 11, 2014

In Part 1, discover a new way to expose your yearling to the horse show scene.

The purpose of showing a yearling in a longe-line class is to demonstrate the horse has the movement, manner and conformation to be competitive under saddle. Journal photo.

The purpose of showing a yearling in a longe-line class is to demonstrate the horse has the movement, manner and conformation to be competitive under saddle. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

At AQHA shows, the only class offered for yearlings is halter. However, many futurities and AQHA alliance partners like the National Snaffle Bit Association offer longe-line classes, which are designed to highlight the western pleasure or English prospect.

Avid horse-show exhibitor Jet Thompson of Kearney, Nebraska, has trained and shown many successful longe-liners. Check out his fine-tuned program for taking yearlings from the pasture to the winners circle. Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Side of Horse Showing

June 4, 2014

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

Pamela Britton-Baer stepped into the show ring once again. But this time, she was the judge.

Pamela Britton-Baer stepped into the show ring once again. But this time, she was the judge. Photo courtesy of Pamela Britton-Baer

By Pamela Britton-Baer in The American Quarter Horse Journal

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. Read the rest of this entry »

A Mental Guide to Horse-Showing Success

May 28, 2014

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

A positive attitude can help you ride your way into horse-showing success. Journal photo.

A positive attitude can help you ride your way into horse-showing success. Journal photo.

By Barbra Schulte in The American Quarter Horse Journal

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.

Fortunately, Dr. Jim Loehr, of LGE Performance Systems, has outlined concrete mental skills that apply to your riding, just as they would to any professional sport. Work on these 12 steps, just as your technical skills, and you’ll become a stronger horse-show competitor. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight Smart Tips for Hunter Under Saddle

May 21, 2014

Learn how to cruise the ring correctly with this horse-showing advice.

Finding your position in a hunter under saddle class is easy as long as you look to the rail says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Deanna Searles

Finding your position in a hunter under saddle class is easy, as long as you look to the rail, says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Deanna Searles. Journal photo.

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Deanna Searles

At the 2012 AQHA Select World Championship Show, AQHA Professional Horsewoman Deanna Searles of Scottsdale, Arizona offered tricks and tips for horse showing in the hunter under saddle class. Heed these eight tricks so you can succeed in the show pen: Read the rest of this entry »

Horse-Showing Style: Chaps

May 14, 2014

Identify the dos and don’ts of picking and caring for your next set of chaps.

Choosing chaps for the horse show

Your choice in chaps can make or break the overall appearance you present to the judge at your next horse show. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

In the overall picture you present to the judge, there’s one major part of your outfit that can make or break your image. Your chaps are a throwback to the cowboy days of protecting your legs from brambles, and they’ve come a long way since the era of the buckaroo. Today, your legwear helps present a smooth and polished position in the saddle.

But without proper fit or style, you’ll be putting yourself at a disadvantage before you ever get to your pattern. Read on to learn how to choose the right chaps, make sure they fit and care for your investment in the cowhide. Read the rest of this entry »

A Break From Horse Showing

May 7, 2014

In Part 2 of this series, discover six more exercises that will keep your show horse fresh and prepare him for a trail ride.

Taking your show horse for a jaunt in the great outdoors is a necessary venture that requires preparation ahead of time

Taking your show horse for a jaunt in the great outdoors is a necessary venture that requires preparation ahead of time. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Keep your show horses fresh this show season by venturing into the trails. Last week, accomplished clinician Marty Marten of Berthoud, Colorado, shared three horseback-riding obstacles that will prepare your show horse for a trail ride. Review the first three obstacles and trail-prep fundamentals in Part 1.

In Part 2, Marty offers six more obstacles that will offer your horse-showing star a break from the show ring. Read the rest of this entry »

A Break From Horse Showing

April 30, 2014

In Part 1 of this series, discover three trail-riding obstacles that will keep your show horse fresh.

Training your horse showing star for the trails starts with proper prep at home

Training your horse-showing star for the trails starts with proper prep at home. Journal photo.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Don’t be surprised if your world champion who glides over jumps like a gazelle in the show ring refuses to step over a log in the wide-open spaces. It’s a whole different duck.

To a horse, if it looks different, it is different. It’s crucial to keep this in mind and carefully prepare your show horse at home before hitting the trails.

“If you have a horse who’s used to a routine, like a pleasure class, and you head out to do something different, you might find out how well he is not broke,” explains Marty Marten, an accomplished horse clinician. “Surrounded by fences, you can get away with a lot of things, but it’s a new ball game out in the wide open.”

However, he believes there’s nothing better to keep a horse fresh than cattle work or trail riding. Read the rest of this entry »