General News
Published 07/28/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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"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.

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General News
General News
Published 07/12/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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Horsemanship is about displaying skills and training to the best of the horse and rider’s ability. Photo © Impulse Photography
Horsemanship is about creating a dance between you and your horse that everyone else watches and thinks, “Wow, how did they do that?” It’s about showing off your partnership. You have to think of it as a dance, and you are your horse’s lead. You must be the lead and tell your equine partner where to go, and guide him to his most graceful position correctly. A good lead can make a partner look a lot better than he or she might actually be.


Published 07/11/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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"Go into the class looking clean and confident and you will do great. One day you will be able to afford to go on a shopping spree at the Congress, just be patient and enjoy what you have right now," Holland states, pictured here with her horse, Regal Michelle. Photo © JLM Photography
It is no secret that horse showing is one of the most expensive hobbies you can choose. Although a lucky few are able to compete without a second thought to their checkbooks, many of us have to keep a constant eye on our bank accounts to ensure we have the funds to last us through a show weekend. Perhaps nobody knows these struggles better than horse crazy college students.


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General News
General News
Published 07/08/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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Wilson is an AQHA, NSBA, and APHA approved judge and has trained and showed numerous Congress and World Champions, as well as being inducted into the NSBA Hall of Fame. Photo © NSBA.COM
As horse show season has approached us, there are several things you need to remember when showing western pleasure. We talked to professional horseman Randy Wilson and asked his thoughts on the most important tips regarding western pleasure. Wilson is an AQHA, NSBA, and APHA approved judge and has trained and showed numerous Congress and World Champions, as well as being inducted into the NSBA Hall of Fame.


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Published 07/04/2014 - 9:28 a.m. CDT

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Here are 12 tips for keeping horses calm and secure on the 4th of July, as firecrackers explode and fireworks light up the sky. Photo © Examiner.com
Sudden sparks and big booms from fancy 4th of July fireworks can send the calmest horse sky high. What can horse owners to do prevent panic and keep their horses safe during 4th of July fireworks and festivities? Here are 12 tips for keeping horses calm and secure on the 4th of July, as firecrackers explode and fireworks light up the sky.


 
General News
General News
Published 07/03/2014 - 8:05 a.m. CDT

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"With the horses we keep fans on them and we’ll hose them down after rides when they’ve cooled down a little," Snyder states. Photo © Ali Grusha

When the temperatures start heating up, so does the horse show schedule. Summer is a busy time for many, and that means a lot of traveling and a lot of sweat. With how much you and your horse sweat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Here are some ideas from fellow exhibitors on how they like to keep themselves, and their horses, cool and happy during the hot summer horse shows.



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Published 07/03/2014 - 8:04 a.m. CDT

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"When the going gets tough, you have to have a lot of heart to be an all-around horse,” Wildes states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Quarter Horses and Paints alike are defined as versatile horses by their own associations. But do true all-around horses still exist in this age of specialization? Find out what some of today’s top trainers had to say about the modern all-around horse. 


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General News
General News
Published 06/30/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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We asked some competitors what they think about the score sheets and whether they have any suggestions to make them better and easier to understand. Photo © Kaleena Katz Weakly

Over the past few years, the majority of AQHA judges have been using the new pattern score sheets for the showmanship, horsemanship, and equitation. However, there has been a reluctance and resistance by some judges to use these sheets due to their personal preference of how they have routinely score these classes in the past. Despite the resistance, starting in 2014, AQHA started requiring all judges use them and turn them into show management to be posted.



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Published 06/24/2014 - 6:08 p.m. CDT

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"To me it’s a lot about character as well, because being a champion isn’t something that happens overnight, it can be something that takes 20 years,” Weakly states. Photo © Jeff Kirkbride

While sitting at a horse show watching the horses that seem to be on auto pilot and picking up countless blue ribbons, have you ever thought, “Anyone could win on that horse”? I must confess, I am guilty of thinking that very thing. I knew that it wasn’t as easy as just climbing in the saddle and “pushing the buttons” so to speak. But it wasn’t until I saw Harley D Zip buck in the World Show arena while being ridden by an AQHA Professional Horseman in a Team Wrangler competition that I seriously questioned my beliefs.



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