What you can do to prepare for that dreaded appointment is first, make sure your horse has basic ground manners at home.
Walking up to a mobile vet trailer at a horse show
can be very daunting
to even the most seasoned
show person. The flapping tent, the scary
the smell of disinfectant and the fact that your
horse is in need
of veterinary services can be
intimidating and disheartening. Never
vets are here and ready to serve you.
Now that you’re hooked on AQHA’s fastest-growing class, you’re probably chomping at the bit for any shards of advice that will lead to success in ranch horse pleasure. (Journal Photo)
So you were bit by the AQHA ranch horse pleasure
bug, eh? Now that you’re hooked on AQHA’s
fastest-growing class, you’re probably chomping at
the bit for any shards of advice that will lead to
success in ranch horse pleasure. Well, you’ve come
to the right place. While there are five standard
ranch horse pleasure patterns, which you can find
in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and
Regulations or at www.aqha.com/patterns, judges
also have the option to create new patterns for
exhibitors to perform.
Although many judges came to the conference with negative feelings, most left feeling as though the conference did what it was intended to do.
Relief: the most common sentiment felt among AQHA
judges as they left the DFW Sheraton after
recertification testing on December 10th. As one
of the 285 approved judges that attended the 2014
judge’s conference, I can attest to the feeling.
As a first time presenter at this year’s
conference, I have a whole new appreciation for
what the presenters go through when they stand up
in front of a room full of judges.
As a horse-show helper, taking care of your spouse and the horses are only two parts of the equation. Remember to schedule downtime for yourself, too. Journal illustration.
They are the backbone of the exhibitor. They are
the ones who are there for the thrill of victory
or the agony of defeat. They ensure that the horse
is show-ring ready and the exhibitor is
perfect.They are show spouses. Always behind the
scenes, show spouses are usually only recognized
by their significant other for their
AQHA judges Carla Wennberg, Joe Carter and GoHorseShow's Laura Gilmer at the Judges Seminar in Irving, Texas.
AQHA is currently holding their judges seminar,
December 8th through the
10th, at the Sheraton
Hotel in Irving, Texas. This year for the first
time, all AQHA judges, roughly 300 in total, are
required to attend as
everyone must retest for
recertification. The seminar is packed full of
educational sessions both days which specific
discussions for trail,
reining, western riding,
equitation and horsemanship.
"Jesse loves having two dads. All of her friends at school tell her how lucky she is to have two dads," John states.
Christmas has come early for Brian Henry and John
Zeldenthuis of Limelite Show Horses. Tuesday is a
big day as the Colorado natives and partners will
officially be a family of three. On this day, the
couple will be officially signing adoption papers
for their four year-old daughter, Jesse, who they
have had as a foster child since she was
During the last two decades, AQHA has increasingly challenged their judges, holding them to the highest standard of accountability within the Association.
It’s December, a quiet time in the show world
and the perfect time of year for judges from all
parts to gather for an educational
seminar. There was a time when that meant
late nights sharing tall tales. The embellishments
grew with each passing hour. Jokes were tossed
back and forth like tennis balls volleyed across
the net and everyone enjoyed the
Some would say that the modern trail class, which is a very different event than it was as recently as 10 or 20 years ago, had to change to survive. But are those changes for the betterment of the class? (Journal Photo)
“When you're finished changing, you're
finished,” once said Founding Father Benjamin
Franklin. His timeless wisdom still applies to
everything, even in the 21st century. But
does this simple idea also relate to how we’ve
ridden and evolved our horses over the
years? Some would say that the modern trail
class, which is a very different event than it was
as recently as 10 or 20 years ago, had to change