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