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Published 09/27/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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"Some kids pick up skills faster than others and have more natural athletic abilities than others, so being patient with the rate of learning is important," Sheridan states. Photo © J Naismith
Riding horses is an everyday learning experience, and I am still improvising ways to teach young riders that keep them interested in the wonderful world of horses, while keeping safety first and foremost. From early childhood, horses have always been an important part of my life. I have a ton of input to make experience with horses at an early stage in a child’s life very rewarding.


 
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General News
Published 09/25/2014 - 4:00 p.m. CDT

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“They have to have the look. Something that catches your eye that makes them stand out," Ted Turner states.
With the 2014 Congress and the World shows upon us, everyone is planning, packing and preparing for deep competition. And much of this preparing has begun months, or even years before only to culminate in those magical moments in the ring. Perhaps no one plans or prepares more for such events as those who grace the halter classes. Watching a halter class at a big show like the Congress or the World is reminiscent of watching celebrities walking the red carpet to the Academy Awards, except the stars of this spectacle are the equines. 

Rating: 14
Published 09/22/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

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"Harley wasn’t easy. He was always a great loper, but he was tough,” admits trainer Doug Pratt pictured far right. Photo © Rick Childress
When you’re watching highlight videos of horses such as Harley D Zip and Allocate Your Assets in their prime, it’s hard to imagine that at one time they were maiden futurity horses, just like the ones hitting the futurity trail this summer and fall. GoHorseShow talked to several trainers about what certain famous horses were like when they were younger. Find out more about Harley D Zip, RL Best of Sudden, Allocate Your Assets, John Simon, and RPL My Te Cheerful before they became legends.

Rating: 26
 
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General News
Published 09/19/2014 - 2:22 p.m. CDT

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“The Jolene keeps our classic feel while fulfilling the desires of our customer for a lower rise and larger boot opening." Photos © Antonija
Kimes Ranch is back at it expanding their fashion forward offerings by adding a new jean style and a large selection of new apparel items. The new jean style is their most flattering yet, built to fit all body types with the comfort and durability we’ve come to expect from Kimes Ranch. With a lower rise, this jean is balanced with a larger boot cut and flattering pocket placement. 

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

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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

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“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

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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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General News
Published 08/30/2014 - 8:24 a.m. CDT

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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: 16
Published 08/15/2014 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

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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