Published 01/30/2015 - 6:56 a.m. CDT

On Tuesday, Hillary showed her horse Chrome On My Zipper in the Amateur Trail receiving a second and ninth and also a first and fourth in the horsemanship.
GoHorseShow is happy to have Taylor Searles reporting for us this week from the Sun Circuit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Searles is a Multiple Congress and AQHYA World Champion. Her parents are trainers, Jim and Deanna Searles, from Scottsdale, Arizona. Taylor is competing in the youth all-around at the Arizona Sun Circuit with her three horses: Flashy Attraction, Al Be Sweet On You, and She Says Aloha.

Rating: 46
Published 01/29/2015 - 10:09 a.m. CDT

Seebach Hall
“We booked our hotel a year in advance, and our rental car costs more this year," say Drs. Candice Hall and Cory Seebach. Photo ©
Uttering the words “Super Bowl” can create unrivaled excitement, team spirit, a hunger for game day food, and a passion for premiering commercials; in fact, those very words just might represent an American phenomenon like no other. But the ecstasy of the game brings the crowds, the traffic, and all that accompany them, especially if you happen to be in the Valley of the Sun for Super Bowl XLIX this year.

Published 01/21/2015 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

“When we’re pushing toward a horse’s peak, I try to get an overall look at my horse twice a week, at least, on Monday or Tuesday and again on Friday,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle. Journal photo
How do you keep your halter horse at the top of his game, big show after big show? “When you say a halter horse is at his ‘peak,’ it means he’s 100 percent fit in his body and mind, in tune and at the top of his game,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle of Wayne, Oklahoma. “It means peak performance in the way a horse looks and shows, physically and mentally.”

Published 01/19/2015 - 11:24 a.m. CDT

"Western Dressage is really a good introduction to all the fundamental maneuvers that we already require our horses to know and understand," Lynn states.
Earlier this month, the AQHA show held in Venice, Florida premiered two new classes--Western Dressage and Performance Hunter Under Saddle. On January 10th, the show debuted the first USEF recognized Western Dressage event as well as the first Performance Hunter Under Saddle class. Both events were well attended by both entry standards and by viewers.

Rating: 14
Published 01/16/2015 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Learn the value of breaking things down at a trot before teaching your horse to change leads at a lope.
In Part 1 of this series, you learned an exercise to ask your horse to perform at a nice working trot to teach your horse the proper way to frame himself up for a lead change before being asked to attempt a lead change at a lope. Now in Part 2, you’ll learn how this helps your horse and how to take the trot exercise a step further.

Published 01/14/2015 - 4:54 p.m. CDT

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in AQHA's appeal of the judgement entered by the District Court in the cloning lawsuit. (Journal Photo)
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today issued its opinion in AQHA’s appeal of the judgment entered by the District Court in the cloning lawsuit. The Fifth Circuit’s opinion, which reverses the District Court’s judgment and renders judgment for AQHA, holds that the Plaintiffs’ claims against AQHA fail both because the Plaintiffs’ evidence did not prove a conspiracy to restrain trade and because “AQHA is not a competitor in the allegedly relevant market for elite Quarter Horses.”

Rating: 10
Published 01/10/2015 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

If a horse learns to soften and shape his body at the trot while doing this exercise, it should help him to eventually change leads very simply. Jean Abernethy illustration
When I start working on a lead change on a horse, I really want to get control of his shoulder. To do that, I have to be able to pick up on a horse’s face and have him soften and give in the bridle. I want him to move in a circle with a correct arc in his body from his nose, through the ribs and the hip.To do a correct lead change, a horse needs to change in the rear before he changes in the front.

Rating: 11
Published 01/06/2015 - 9:00 a.m. CDT

The hard hat requirement is an amendment to Rule SHW320.2 in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations. (Credit: Journal)
Effective January 1, all exhibitors in youth English classes will be required to compete in an American Society for Testing and Materials/Safety Equipment Institute-approved hard hat with harness. This requirement will apply to both flat (hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation) and over-fences classes.

Published 12/28/2014 - 10:55 a.m. CDT

With the horse show ending on December 31, the circuit's five shows provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to accumulate final year-end AQHA points.
The Florida Gold Quarter Horse Circuit runs December 27-31, 2014 in Tampa, Florida and features five full American Quarter Horse Association shows and five days of events including hunters, equitation, AQHA reining, western pleasure, trail riding, driving, showmanship, halter classes, roping and the newest event, ranch pleasure. With the horse show ending on December 31, the circuit's five shows provide an ideal opportunity for exhibitors to accumulate final year-end AQHA points.

Rating: 11