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Published 09/12/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"No matter what game you are playing, you must learn the rules before you play," Lynn states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Fall is in the air and along with the changing colors come the season’s biggest horse shows. Whether getting ready for a local championship show, your Association’s season finale or maybe your very first horse show, there are some tricks to getting off on the right foot. As we all know from riding horses, getting off to a good start is half the battle. The following will help you and your horse get off to a good start regardless of the size or scope of the event.



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Published 09/11/2014 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

The September GoMag cover features Mimsi Coon and Dream Big Dreams. Cover © Kelly Graphics.
This issue is a great example of one of the huge benefits of GoMag's digital platform...our fast turn-around time. Mimsi Coon had planned to feature her 2-year old mare, Dream Big Dreams, on the September cover for months. What she didn't plan on was being able to update the cover to read "2014 Select World Champion" just a few short days prior to the publication going live. Try doing that with print media.


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Published 09/11/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

We have all experienced going to the same shows over and over, seeing the same people again and again, and yet we still do not speak to each other. Photo © Impulse Photography
There once was a time when people held doors for each other, addressed one another by Ma’am and Sir, said please and thank you, helped the elderly cross the street and carried packages for the laden stranger. Perhaps somewhere way down south, this type of courtliness still exists but for the most part, society has lost its manners.



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Published 09/10/2014 - 6:00 a.m. CDT

Last year, the duo qualified for the AQHA Novice Championship Show, and now they are headed to Murfreesboro, Tennessee the beginning of October. Photo © Eric Hardesty
The top priority of most horse owners in the industry is for their horse to be in good health. Tracy Willis of Davenport Center, New York has gone immeasurable distances to assure this of her 2009 halter mare, HK New Beginning, affectionately known as Jenna. One morning in June, Tracy went out to the barn to feed the horses and to leave for a NYSQHA show in Cobleskill, New York, when she found Jenna drooling and snoring in her stall.



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Published 09/09/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"You can see from the photo how I spent my weekend judging. Just glad I had one right and one left. I wore them for 2 days that way! Attractive, huh?" Cindy Chilton-Moore says laughing.
Admit it – it has happened to you or someone you know. You hear the rip as you get up into the saddle, or you bend over to pull your pant legs out of your boots, and you feel air where there should be none. Wardrobe malfunctions aren’t just for celebrities; they’re part of showing, and if you haven’t been a victim of this experience at a horse show, consider yourself lucky.



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

After seven days Germany led the medal count with 37 gold medals, Austria was second in the ranking, followed by the Czech Republic. Photo © Leonie Keuthmann
Two weeks after the European Championship of Quarter Horses the facility of Gut Matheshof in Kreuth, Germany, held another - yet more colorful - European Championship. The Euro-Paint is the largest APHA approved show outside North America and this year was its 15th year. 



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Published 09/08/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Without a goal, something to aim for, you will fall short of fulfilling your desires," Lynn states. Photo © Impulse Photography
In order to accomplish anything, you must first have a goal. You must decide what you want to become or what you want to achieve. For riders, that often is best accomplished by watching other successful riders – mirroring the image of the rider they want to become.



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Published 09/06/2014 - 9:50 a.m. CDT

“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.


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