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.

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.

Rating: 14
Published 11/29/2014 - 10:00 p.m. CDT

When two-tracking to the left, your horse moves forward and laterally toward the left while maintaining a slight bend to the right. Journal photo.
While the event itself seems like a completely foreign concept to many who ride in other disciplines, dressage really has more in common with your discipline than you realize. The “two-tracking” and “haunches-in” maneuvers in particular are useful to all horsemen – not just those who participate in dressage. AQHA judge and Professional Horsewoman Christa Baldwin explains why and shows you how to make sure your horse knows these useful maneuvers.

Published 11/25/2014 - 10:20 p.m. CDT

AQHA Professional Horseman Bruce Vickery and Signature Absolute’s 238.5 crushed Bruce’s previous record of a 235 set with Zipschocolateimpulse in the 2013 finals. Photo © KC Montgomery

Reiners and trail competitors set the bar just a little bit higher November 7-22 in Oklahoma City at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show. Every year, the competition gets a little stiffer at the AQHA World Championship Show. And in five classes at the 2014 AQHA World Show, records for high scores were shattered.

Published 11/22/2014 - 11:23 p.m. CDT

Twisters Enola Rey was crowned the 2014 Farnam Superhorse. (Journal Photo)
During the past week, the top exhibitors and horses from around the world have competed at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The 2014 Farnam Superhorse Award is the top honor at the AQHA World Show. It is awarded to the horse that earns the most points in three or more events in two categories during the show.

Published 11/22/2014 - 9:40 a.m. CDT

"I heard at this AQHA World Show someone say 'It's just another horse show with bigger prizes.' I believe if you don't psych yourself out, you ride more effectively," Miller Henard states. (Journal Photo)
Does winning the preliminaries at the AQHA World Show give you a better or worse chance of becoming a World Champion in that class? In the attempt to scientifically measure the odds of how winning the prelims effects results in the finals, we decided to take a random sampling of 10 amateur and open classes from the 2014 AQHA World Show. You will be amazed at what we found.

Rating: 17
Published 11/21/2014 - 9:55 p.m. CDT

Beth Case and Aint Gota Lot
Aint Gota Lot continued his roll at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show when he took to the ring for the inaugural Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, November 21 in the Performance Arena. (Journal Photo)
Aint Gota Lot continued his roll at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show when he took to the ring for the inaugural Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, November 21 in the Performance Arena. Just the night before, the bay gelding, shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Beth Case of Pilot Point, Texas, had claimed the reserve world championship in junior hunter under saddle.

Published 11/20/2014 - 9:58 p.m. CDT

Watch the video for Lauren's take on the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, plus AQHA Professional Horsemen Jim and Deanna Searles discuss the benefits of collegiate equestrian programs. (Credit: Journal)
First there were 16 - eight riders representing the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and eight representing the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association - then the ranks of 16 were cut down to eight for the November 19 semi-finals of the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.

Published 11/19/2014 - 1:46 p.m. CDT

Acadamosby Award is the only three-time AQHA Superhorse, with wins coming in 1998, 2000 and 2001. (Credit: Journal)
As the name suggests, it does take a “super” horse to nail down the title of AQHA Superhorse. First, said Superhorse must qualify for the AQHA World Championship Show, and that’s no easy feat there. But to be truly competitive in the Farnam Superhorse race, this exceptional athlete must qualify for the AQHA World Show in a number of open division classes, and once under the bright lights of the Jim Norick Arena, the Superhorse hopeful must secure as many top 10 placings as possible.