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Published 04/02/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"The feeling you get when you've taken a horse from the beginning and having him be successful in the show arena is amazing," Nowacek states.
Polished performances, steady patterns and calm confidence—it can take years to develop a winning partnership with a show horse. So what happens when it’s time to hit the reset button and try again with a new, less experienced horse? Top AQHA and APHA exhibitors share the ups-and-downs of the transition. 

Rating: 30
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General News
Published 03/24/2014 - 10:00 a.m. CDT

"It is a hard industry because people expect you to win. If you stop winning, people will just take their horses elsewhere," Compton reveals. Photo © Emajes Design
We all have a friend or a family member that is so passionate about showing horses that they exhibit extreme cases of tunnel vision to reach their ultimate goal. These people live and breathe horses and going to horse shows. This dedication to the industry is extremely commendable, but it is also risky. World and Congress Champion trainer, Troy Compton, is of one of those no-holds-barred trainers that puts all his focus into one thing--training horses.

Rating: 29
Published 03/17/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

John Briggs says that the most important trait to be successful in this industry is honesty. "You won't last very long if you aren't honest with your clients and tell them the truth."
How do horse trainers continue to be successful for a sustained amount of time? As AQHA World Champion western pleasure trainer, Troy Compton told us, "This is a gambler's profession and there are no guarantees." Compton is right. There are no pensions plans for trainers; no guarantees that people will keep sending you horses to train; and no guarantees that a trainer will be able to make a young prospect a winner or continue to win with a proven horse.

Rating: 31
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Published 03/04/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"When it comes to choosing mares or geldings for my clients, I definitely look to what type of rider they are," Chelsea Carlson states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Do you tend to lean toward buying mares or geldings for your clients to show? That was the question GoHorseShow posed to several APHA and AQHA trainers across the country. We also asked them to elaborate from past experiences on how their preference evolved. Most people would probably assume that geldings would be the obvious choice, but some of the answers might surprise you. Tell us your preference and vote in our poll at the bottom of the article!

Rating: 30
Published 02/21/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

Five-time AQHA World Champion and World Champion Dam, Pizzazzy Lady is currently retired and being bred to the Fossil Gate Stallions. (Journal Photo)

Rita Crundwell was sentenced one year ago this week and GoHorseShow was curious what has happened to several of the high profile horses that were sold in the online and live auctions that were held in September of 2012. Many of the sale horses have gone on to win more Congress and World Championships while some, unfortunately, are no longer with us. Find out here what many of the horses have been up to since the sale. 

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Rating: 37
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General News
Published 02/07/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"There was no hope of escape for any of them. That stays with you for a long time," says Peggy Knaus who lost eight horses in a barn fire in Ocotber.
A barn fire is every horse owner's biggest nightmare. In minutes, you can lose absolutely everything. Unfortunately, Larry Spratto and Peggy Knaus know all too well its devastating effects. Spratto and Knaus share with what they have learned from losing their barns and horses. We also talked to Ken Masterson and Debbi Trubee about what preventative measures they have implemented at their farms to try and prevent this from happening.

Rating: 15
Published 01/17/2014 - 2:41 p.m. CDT

The Gallop Annual Charity Auction is rated as one of the best in the country and features the most impressive lineup ever.
Just around the corner, scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, the Gallop Stallion Service Auction annual event takes place. Once again, presented by Rhodes River Ranch, the upcoming auction will mark its 31st year since the event started. The event will kick off at 12 noon, PST, enabling national and international locations to participate in the bidding.

Rating: 11
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Published 01/04/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Cole recommends going into the show arena only, “when you can solidly, and almost mistake-free perform the new class at home or in the practice pen at the shows.” Photo © Sarah Elder Chabot
With the year 2013 in the books, many riders have started to set goals for themselves and their horses for 2014. Some of these goals are title focused such as, “I want to be a Congress Champion" while others are skill based, “I want to teach my horse to do a flying lead change.” For me this year, I am working toward showing in a few new classes with my hunter gelding, so I went in search of answers on how to best add new classes to your horse’s resume.

Rating: 14
Published 01/03/2014 - 6:34 a.m. CDT

Bill Rosenfeldt and Georgia Rabling had a special bond, pictured here in 2013.
Georgia Rabling (TB) is leaving behind a legacy to be proud of with offspring including, These Irons Are Hot, BR I Am, BR Tiger Talk, and A Beautiful Ride. The 1984 black mare by Jump Over the Moon (TB) and out of Adopted Gal (TB) is also the maternal granddam to AQHA Congress and World Champion, No Doubt Im Lazy, and the dam of Samantha's Choice who is a Congress Champion producer.

Rating: 14