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Published 11/25/2014 - 10:20 p.m. CDT

AQHA Professional Horseman Bruce Vickery and Signature Absolute’s 238.5 crushed Bruce’s previous record of a 235 set with Zipschocolateimpulse in the 2013 finals. Photo © KC Montgomery

Reiners and trail competitors set the bar just a little bit higher November 7-22 in Oklahoma City at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show. Every year, the competition gets a little stiffer at the AQHA World Championship Show. And in five classes at the 2014 AQHA World Show, records for high scores were shattered.

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Published 11/25/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

The spiral exercise works best if you ride with soft hands while keeping a slight bend, but the crucial aids are your seat and your legs, teaching the horse to move laterally. Jean Abernethy illustration
This simple horse-training exercise teaches your horse to balance himself on his own by shifting his weight to his back end. In the first part of this series, you learned how to do transition exercises and a rollback into an extended trot exercise to help your horse strengthen and level out his topline. Here are two more exercises that will help your horse learn to balance himself for better self-carriage.

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Published 11/22/2014 - 11:23 p.m. CDT

Twisters Enola Rey was crowned the 2014 Farnam Superhorse. (Journal Photo)
During the past week, the top exhibitors and horses from around the world have competed at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The 2014 Farnam Superhorse Award is the top honor at the AQHA World Show. It is awarded to the horse that earns the most points in three or more events in two categories during the show.

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Published 11/22/2014 - 9:40 a.m. CDT

"I heard at this AQHA World Show someone say 'It's just another horse show with bigger prizes.' I believe if you don't psych yourself out, you ride more effectively," Miller Henard states. (Journal Photo)
Does winning the preliminaries at the AQHA World Show give you a better or worse chance of becoming a World Champion in that class? In the attempt to scientifically measure the odds of how winning the prelims effects results in the finals, we decided to take a random sampling of 10 amateur and open classes from the 2014 AQHA World Show. You will be amazed at what we found.

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Published 11/22/2014 - 9:30 a.m. CDT

Darcy Reeve having fun with friends at the AQHA World Show
The American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. 

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Published 11/22/2014 - 9:00 a.m. CDT

It's that golden globe, the title and World Show buckle - the win that eludes so many - that remains the motivation and fuels the fire for thousands of hard working horsemen around the world.

It's a wrap - the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show is done for me - no more midnight rides, no more breakfast from the Sweet Shop, no more riding in the pen with the best riders in the industry. And last night I actually slept through the night - although it will take my body some time to recover from the nocturnal schedule of the past two weeks.

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Published 11/21/2014 - 9:55 p.m. CDT

Aint Gota Lot continued his roll at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show when he took to the ring for the inaugural Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, November 21 in the Performance Arena. (Journal Photo)
Aint Gota Lot continued his roll at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show when he took to the ring for the inaugural Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, November 21 in the Performance Arena. Just the night before, the bay gelding, shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Beth Case of Pilot Point, Texas, had claimed the reserve world championship in junior hunter under saddle.

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Published 11/21/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

Enjoying the best restaurants around OKC is one of the great things about the World Show, especially when you get to do it with friends and family you don't get to see as often as you'd like.
Hello AQHA World Show enthusiasts! My name is Kaleena Weakly, from Shelbyville, Illinois. I'm here in Oklahoma City enjoying my horses and competing at the 2014 World Show. Check in here daily with me at for my World Show Picture of the Day. While I'm here, I'll be showing my two mares, Hours Yours And Mine in the Amateur Trail, Horsemanship and Showmanship and Caught Me Looking in the Amateur Western Pleasure.

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