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

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

“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. 

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Published 09/24/2014 - 5:17 p.m. CDT

Make plans to attend the next Gordyville Show which is the AQHA Turkey Run that will be held November 28-30. Photo © Impulsive Concept Design
The Gordyville IL State Fall QHS and Futurity happened this past weekend, September 19th through the 21st. There were four judges for the show including Mary Luther, Rick Baker, Laura Gilmer, and Jennifer Goss. The show ended up with 638 entries per judge with a total of 2,552 entries and over 300 stalls sold. There was also a great turnout in the halter and western pleasure futurity classes.

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Published 09/24/2014 - 12:51 p.m. CDT

"The AQHA world will miss this beautiful mare and her contribution to the show world is without question," owner, Jay McLennan states.
GoHorseShow is sad to report that one of the all-time great mares, Dont Skip Ms Hotrod, fondly known by many as "Oprah," was euthanized on Tuesday due to complications associated with old age. The gorgeous black mare was 19. Her striking looks, movement and consistency in the show pen earned her a well-deserved spot in the National Snaffle Bit Futurity Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Published 09/23/2014 - 7:33 p.m. CDT

"I feel like we’re interconnected and I almost can tell how the horse is feeling: contented, impatient, or tired," Noah says.
“I love riding because I can feel the wind blowing across my face and the power and strength of the horse under me,” says Noah Carver of Beals, Maine, sharing a sentiment any 11-year-old boy might use to describe the magic of riding horses. Most recently, young Noah competed at the Granite State Appaloosa Association’s Regional Show in August at Skowhegan, Maine, securing two-third place ribbons and one-second place ribbon in Walk Jog Western Pleasure.

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Published 09/23/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Much like great riders, the quality of preparation done backstage is the difference between a hit and a flop. Photo © Impulse Photography
Fall is in the air – it is Congress time again. Much goes into making the Congress a success. On every level it is the efforts unseen by the public that dictate the outcome of the event. The Ohio Quarter Horse Association has teams that work behind the scenes to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. They prepare for next year’s event before this year’s event begins. Much like great riders, the quality of preparation done backstage is the difference between a hit and a flop.

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

"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.

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Published 09/19/2014 - 4:00 p.m. CDT

No matter whether you have the best horse or not, own what you have and show it to the fullest. (Journal Photo)
The AQHA Novice East and West Championships are coming up in a few weeks, and I wanted to give the competitors a few reminders and tips to make the show a fun and valuable learning experience. From my travels judging all over the world and reporting for GoHorseShow, these are the top five tips that I have gathered from both endeavors. I have also heard this advice repeated over and over again by trainers and fellow judges. Find out what you need to know before you show!

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