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Published 12/12/2014 - 3:24 p.m. CDT

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 ramp, the smell of disinfectant and the fact that your horse is in need of veterinary services can be intimidating and disheartening. Never fear; the vets are here and ready to serve you.



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Published 12/12/2014 - 1:03 p.m. CDT

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.


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Published 12/10/2014 - 6:29 p.m. CDT

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.



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Published 12/10/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

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 contributions.



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Published 12/08/2014 - 9:43 p.m. CDT

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.


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Published 12/07/2014 - 11:01 a.m. CDT

"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 two.


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Published 12/07/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

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 camaraderie.




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Published 12/06/2014 - 8:38 a.m. CDT

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 to survive.




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