Horse Showing

AQHA 75th Anniversary Breyer Model Horse Sweepstakes

June 24, 2015

AQHA and Breyer have teamed up to give away 12 special 75th anniversary Breyer model horses.

Purchase your Breyer 75th anniversary AQHA models at Breyer, and use Promo Code 75BREYER to donate a percentage of the proceeds to the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

Purchase your Breyer 75th anniversary AQHA models from Breyer and use Promo Code 75BREYER to donate a percentage of the proceeds to the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

From the American Quarter Horse Association

As we continue to celebrate 75 years of the American Quarter Horse Association, AQHA is rolling out numerous events, products, discounts and giveaways for our dedicated members and fans. AQHA and Breyer have partnered to create a new collection of American Quarter Horse models in tribute to the beautiful breed that brings us all together.

To thank you for your support, AQHA is giving some of these AQHA 75th Anniversary Edition Breyer models away during our Breyer Horse Sweepstakes, June 9-July 10, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

The Trail Wheel Warm-Up

June 10, 2015

Use this horse-showing warm-up to prepare your horse to work on trail obstacles.

As the horse goes over the pole, he should elevate his back, drop his neck and keep his shoulders up and square. Journal photo

As the horse goes over the pole, he should elevate his back, drop his neck and keep his shoulders up and square. Journal photo

By AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Fisher for The American Quarter Horse Journal

I approach trail as if it is a jump course that happens to be on the ground. When I ride a horse to a pole, I treat it as if it is a jump. I want the horse to be in the correct body position and to carry himself over in a collected manner, with his back up, driving from behind.

As he goes over the pole, I want him to elevate his back. I like his neck to drop so his shoulders are up and square as he goes over the pole, holding that correct body position. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sport of Dressage

May 27, 2015

Learn about the history behind horse showing in a dressage saddle.

American Quarter Horses have been gaining a reputation for their success in dressage. Journal photo

American Quarter Horses have been gaining a reputation for their success in dressage. Journal photo

From the United States Dressage Federation, an AQHA Alliance Partner

Dressage is one of the Olympic equestrian sports. The modern Olympics commenced in 1896, with equestrian events appearing in the 1900 Paris Games. It was the 1912 Stockholm Games where the “military test” first appeared and evolved into the separate Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and stadium jumping.

Horses have been used as mounts for the military since early history. As the horses had to be obedient and maneuverable, a system of training was developed, first documented in the writing of the Greek Xenophon. The system of training was built upon throughout the ages, with many well-known riding masters, military and civilian, writing books expounding their methods. Read the rest of this entry »

Warming Up for a Horse Show

May 13, 2015

No matter what horse-showing discipline you compete in, these warm-up exercises will get your horse soft and supple before your class.

Performing turns on the forehand encourages your horse to move his hips and loosen up his body. Jean Abernethy illustration

Performing turns on the forehand encourages your horse to move his hips and loosen up his body. Jean Abernethy illustration

By AQHA Professional Horsewoman Traci Johnting in The American Quarter Horse Journal

When I ride a horse, I want him supple from his nose through his hips. I want to be able to move my foot or lightly lift my hand and have my horse instantly move his hip, rib cage, or shoulder.

I teach these two warm-up exercises to my horses and use them every day so that they’re part of the routine. They serve a lot of purposes: They help my horse become more supple, they stretch his body and, since they’re part of his routine, they help me get him in the mind-set where he’s ready to listen to me and work hard. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Horse Showing, Part 2

April 29, 2015

Keep your equine partner healthy at horse shows with this expert advice.

 Always prioritize your horse’s health over winning a class at a horse show. Journal photo

Always prioritize your horse’s health over winning a class at a horse show. Journal photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horse shows are fun places to put the partnership between you and your horse to the test and analyze your skill level. It’s important to keep your eye on the prize, but even more important to keep your horse healthy throughout your Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Horse Showing, Part 1

April 15, 2015

Help your horse avoid the dreaded horse-show crud with these horse-health tips.

Keep your horse warm and snug at shows in a blanket. Abigail Boatwright photo

Keep your horse warm and snug at shows in a blanket. Abigail Boatwright photo

By Abigail Boatwright in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Our horses are incredible athletes. When show season rolls around, you want to ensure that your horses are able to compete to the best of their abilities. An infection or injury can sideline your horse before you even show. What can you do to reduce chances of illness or injury at major shows? These experts weigh in.

Prevention at Home

Long before they arrive at a championship show, these trainers begin a health regimen for their horses. AQHA Professional Horseman and Team Wrangler member Keith Miller, an all-around trainer, works alongside a veterinarian and farrier to keep the horses on a regular schedule for vaccinations and hoof care. He also schedules Adequan injections for joint health as needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Improve Your Horse Show Diet, Part 2

April 1, 2015

Packing nutritious foods to eat at horse shows is easier than you think. Here’s how to stay healthy.

Packing a horse show snack bag will keep you from racing to the concession stand for unhealthy food like nachos. Abigail Boatwright photo

Packing a horse show snack bag will keep you from racing to the concession stand for unhealthy food like nachos. Abigail Boatwright photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horse showing involves non-stop days of bathing horses, braiding or banding, warming up in the arena and rushing to change between classes. This doesn’t leave much time to sit down and eat a healthy meal. Part 1 of Improve Your Horse Show Diet outlined the importance of breakfast and interval eating to maintain your energy level. In Part 2, we’ll discuss how to pack healthy foods and ways to eat smart at horse shows.

Pack Healthy Snacks

At the very least, you should pack healthy snacks to keep at your tack stall. Registered dietitian and all-around amateur competitor Christine Sceets recommends cheese sticks, peanuts, cheese and crackers, protein bars, oranges, bananas and peanut butter to help you avoid the temptation to raid the concession stand. Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for Your First Horse Show

March 25, 2015

A youth’s first horse-showing experience can be fun, exciting and nerve-wracking. Take Me Riding walks kids through the big day.

Take Me Riding videos feature a young rider named Grace who teaches children what to expect at their first horse show.

Take Me Riding videos feature a young rider named Grace who teaches children what to expect at their first horse show.

By Annise Montplaisir for America’s Horse Daily

Showing horses opens up an entirely new world of learning opportunities for horse- crazy kids. It provides children with a chance to strengthen the bond with their horse, perform in front of an audience and learn the importance of sportsmanship.

Take Me Riding is a website developed to educate children about the wonderful learning experiences and fantastic opportunities that are Read the rest of this entry »

Improve Your Horse Show Diet, Part 1

March 11, 2015

Horse showing takes a lot of energy. Eat right to keep yourself fueled for success.

Eating healthy at horse shows will give you the energy you need to ride your best. Abigail Boatwright photo

Eating healthy at horse shows will give you the energy you need to ride your best. Abigail Boatwright photo

By Abigail Boatwright in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Let’s talk about horse show food.

If you’re like many competitors, you wake up long before dawn and skip breakfast on your way to the show grounds. You grab a cinnamon roll from the concession stand when your stomach reminds you it’s 10 a.m. After riding through lunch, you might pick up a plate of nachos and a soda to tide you over through an afternoon of classes. By the time you bed your horse Read the rest of this entry »

The Unpredictable Champion, Part 2

March 4, 2015

Horse-showing star Silky Socks becomes a champion with his young rider.

Lindy Thompson and Silky Socks sail over a fence. Harold Campton photo

Lindy Thompson and Silky Socks sail over a fence. Harold Campton photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

In Part 1 of “The Unpredictable Champion,” you read about Silky Socks, an American Quarter Horse with a curious personality and exceptional talent. We left off where Silky Socks was sold to the family of a young girl named Lindy Thompson.

The magic between “Silky” and Lindy was near-instantaneous.

Jan Thompson, then of Plymouth, Michigan, purchased Silky for her daughter Lindy. “He was a project, he really was,” Jan says. “He was super Read the rest of this entry »

The Unpredictable Champion, Part 1

February 11, 2015

Unlikely horse-showing star Silky Socks became a world champion in 1974.

Silky Socks was supposed to be a rope horse, but he was the first amateur world champion in hunter under saddle with Jan Thompson. Journal file photo

Silky Socks was supposed to be a rope horse, but he was the first amateur world champion in hunter under saddle with Jan Thompson. Journal file photo

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Silky Socks was supposed to be a rope horse. But the 1974 amateur world champion grew too tall for the liking of ropers at the time, and he found a path to the AQHA World Championship Show a different way, in a saddle that didn’t have a double rigging.

The single-socked gelding with a giant trunk of personal baggage became a world-class hunter horse, remembers Colleen Miller of DeWitt, Michigan. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Horse-Showing Tips

February 4, 2015

Try these 10 easy tips before you and your American Quarter Horse load up for your next AQHA show.

Bring your A-game to the next AQHA horse show with these tips. Journal photo

Bring your A-game to the next AQHA horse show with these tips. Journal photo

By Tara Matsler in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horse-show competitors have a lot to juggle. From the grooming and prep, warm-up and time in the show pen, it’s quite a full plate.

I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks to make my life simpler yet at the same time enhance my horse-show experiences with my mares. With that in mind, I gathered up some of my favorite horse-showing tips. Read the rest of this entry »