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Published 09/15/2014 - 8:25 p.m. CDT

A correct riding position will sit you just above and behind the horse’s center of gravity. The position allows your horse balanced movement and helps you stay on. Photo © SR Images
Correct body position is as basic as it gets. Without it, you and your horse can’t balance properly, and you can’t deliver your aids correctly. It’s one of those things you need to master before you can really advance with your riding. We’re talking about the alignment of a rider’s ear, shoulder, hip and heel. 

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Published 09/06/2014 - 9:50 a.m. CDT

“The ultimate goal of these horses is to move onto non-pro, youth, and amateur horses," Alan Fisher states. Photo © Impulse Photography
The end of summer only means one thing, futurity season in full swing. I’ve watched countless futurities year after year and always find myself in awe of the new two year-olds making their debut into the ring. I’m sure many of you, like myself, wonder what it takes to get these two year-olds ready. The first step to owning a winning futurity horse is finding a great prospect. It takes a well-trained eye and years of experience to be able to see a yearling’s potential as it lopes throughout the pasture.

Published 09/04/2014 - 7:27 a.m. CDT

Beckey Schooler (pictured far right) trained the 2014 AQHYA Showmanship World Champions, Madison Thiel and HF Lazy Lopin Diva. Photo © KC Montgomery
Being confident, having good posture, and executing a smooth pattern are just a few of many keys to success as an exhibitor showing showmanship. We spoke to AQHA and NSBA judge, Beckey Schooler, about the Top 10 things you should know when showing in showmanship. Beckey has had an impressive show record with her clients who have won the showmanship at the AQHYA World Show the past two of three years.

Rating: 15
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Published 08/30/2014 - 8:24 a.m. CDT

Kyle Brenner suggests, “I would love to see the judges have to give reasons for their placings, mainly for the ‘un-scored’ classes like pleasure or hunter under saddle. Photo © Impulse Photography
Judging is a tough job, no doubt about that. For one to spend countless hours on one’s feet, in often times blazing heat or chilling rain, while watching horses and riders repetitively can take its physical and mental toll. Perhaps it is the courage that judges must exhibit that makes their job so difficult.

Rating: 15
Published 08/15/2014 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Owners Chester and Anne Prince have developed a place where future champions condition and injured equine athletes heal. Photo © Florida Sporthorse

At the far end of Prince Equine Center in Manatee County, a non-stop convoy of motorists heads North on I-75, yet the buzz of traffic does not disturb the mares and foals soaking in the warm spring sun. The 50-acre Quarter Horse farm has long been a place where champions are bred and trained, now the facility has an additional purpose: Owners Chester and Anne Prince have developed a place where future champions condition and injured equine athletes heal.

Rating: 10
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Published 08/14/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

The name Kimes Ranch was able to capture family history and their true roots as horsemen. Photo © Antonija
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” William Shakespeare poetically wrote in Romeo and Juliet. What he meant was that a name does not make or change an object it simply identifies it. As is the case with the company formerly named Longhorn Jean Company, their new name has not changed their production or their quality great fitting jeans.

Rating: 11
Published 08/11/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

“I have had a lot of great ones, and I’ve found showing them as yearlings does accomplish a lot of things, especially when I go to break them," Smith states. Photo © KC Montgomery
As futurity payouts and incentives increase in today’s highly competitive horse show industry, more and more young horses are being called up to show their stuff. Yearling classes are all the rage every fall, and shows and associations are offering highly-coveted opportunities for yearlings to earn futurity winnings and titles right alongside their fellow riders.

Rating: 13
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Published 08/08/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

Are there any trends that you wish would fade away and never come back? If so, let us know in the comments section of this article.Photo © Keystone Showdown
In the horse industry, trends come and go about as fast as the money we spend on showing horses. Every year, there seems to be something new popping up as far as new fashion and riding styles in the show arena as well as undesirable trends of horses being overcanted and not jogging in the western pleasure classes. We asked several judges which trends they wish would go away and why?

Rating: 49
Published 07/28/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Unfortunately, no matter how cadenced, balanced, and expressive a horse is--if it is not careful over the obstacles, it might not make the best trail horse," Vickery states. Photo © The Journal
Throughout his twenty plus years in the business, Bruce Vickery of Aubrey, Texas has showed and trained numerous World and Congress Champions. For the past six years, Vickery has held the title as the highest NSBA Trail money earner with $86,734.15. To put the magnitude of this impressive feat into perspective, the second highest NSBA Trail money earner has $38,410.44 in lifetime earnings, nearly $50,000 less.

Rating: 17