Published 04/16/2014 - 7:33 a.m. CDT

Pete and Tamara
Kyle, who currently serves as an AQHA judge and an AQHA director-at-large for Texas, brings a lifetime of horse involvement as a trainer, professional and exhibitor.
From AQHA Executive Vice-President, Don Treadway: I am pleased to welcome AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle as the newest AQHA employee to assist us in moving AQHA shows forward. We are at a pivotal time with shows, and with them comprising such an extremely important part of our Association, it is critical we maintain our position at the top of the equine industry.

Published 04/10/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Larisa Affelt (pictured here) says her Incentive Fund money goes to straight back into her horses--what about you? Photo © Emajes Design
When Spring rolls around, horse show exhibitors and breeders are excited about the weather warming up and the previous year's Incentive Fund checks arriving in the mail. For some, it is an excuse to indulge on something extra--a new watch, boots, or trip, while others apply the funds back into their horse show fund. GoHorseShow wanted to know what people were spending their extra bonus money on--find out here!

Rating: 12
Published 04/04/2014 - 8:34 p.m. CDT

"Shaggy is such an amazing horse and he loves to show, so I'm so happy to see him go on to another great home," former owner, Love states, pictured here. Photo © KC Montgomery

Congress Champion and two-time AQHA Reserve World Champion Invitemeforchocolate has sold to the Brehm Family of Lincoln, Nebraska. The 2006 bay gelding by Invitation Only was sold by the Neiberger Family. Last year, the talented gelding was shown by Emily Neiberger in the Youth 15-18 events. 

Rating: 11
Published 03/20/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"I think as judges we have to look for riders that know how to ride a horse in a manner that keeps the horse in a collected manner," Brad Jewett states. Photo © Impulse Photography
To say that over the years, horses' headsets in the western pleasure classes have been a major issue, is an understatement. Those same concerns have now entered the arena in the pattern classes. AQHA has tried to address the issue in the pattern classes with Rule SW437.2. Do you think it should be a major fault if a horse appears too overbridled, intimidated or overdone? Let us know your thoughts!

Rating: 36
Published 03/19/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

"Kudos to the Silver Dollar Circuit for being bold enough to try leveling across divisions," Lynn states.

Who would think that you could come to Las Vegas, Nevada and find a level playing field for visitors? Well, gamblers just need to take a look at the Silver Dollar Circuit to find a place to play where competitors are matched by their skill level as well as age and status. Riders at this year's Silver Dollar Circuit will be able to enter any class in the appropriate level for their skills.

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Rating: 14
Published 03/12/2014 - 11:25 p.m. CDT

"All three of us keep our horses in our backyard and enjoy riding as much as we can. It's the love of horses that means the most, no matter if we win or lose," Urbanavage states pictured right.

GoHorseShow recently learned about three exceptional youth riders who don't necessarily have the fanciest horses and have not won the Congress or AQHA World. But these young women got our attention for their love of showing and the support they give each other every step of the way. 

Rating: 18
Published 03/09/2014 - 3:11 a.m. CDT

Kelley Roberts was named Professional’s Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year. Pictured here is Kelley with her husband, Gary.
The Don Burt Professional’s Choice Professional Horseman of the Year, Professional’s Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year and Professional’s Choice Most Valuable Professional awards were presented March 8 at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Association Convention. The awards were presented by AQHA Corporate Partner Professional’s Choice. Find out who were named the winners of these prestigious awards here.

Published 02/25/2014 - 7:13 p.m. CDT

"I think she knew how good she was, so, maybe she was a little cocky. This makes me laugh just thinking of her," former owner, Leigh Berryhill states.
If you showed on the AQHA circuit during the 1980's and 90's, the name "Skipa Stars Lace" was synonymous with superstar. Think along the lines of 13-time AQHA World Champion Vital Signs Are Good, but a mare that dominated in both the English and western events.. The 1984 grey mare was by Skipa Stars Buck and out of Scoots Lace and was bred by DE Corbin of Los Lunas, New Mexico.

Rating: 25
Published 02/02/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"I really like the idea of this class, and I hope they offer it again at other shows," says Brad Ost, pictured here. Photo © NSBA
In addition to the usual series of AQHA and NSBA Western Pleasure classes, pattern and all around horses and exhibitors found a special Western Pleasure class made just for them at the Arizona Sun Circuit on Saturday. The Open Performance Western Pleasure and Non-Pro Performance Western Pleasure had similar rules to AQHA's Performance Halter classes and featured a $2500 added purse for each class.