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Horse-Showing Tip: Match Your Outfit to Your Horse

From The American Quarter Horse Journal Whether consciously or subconsciously, judges are influenced by your “whole image,” which includes your color, fabric and design choices. If your show outfit clashes with your horse, you’re probably putting your total image at a big disadvantage.

 While no outfit or color combination will compensate for a lack of […]

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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Julie Hoefling

The next person in our highly popular series “10 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Me” is Julie Hoefling of Cave Creek, Arizona. Hoefling was born and raised in Akron, Michigan but now resides in Arizona with her husband, Jerry. She works at Kahala Brands as a Director of Marketing. Julie shows her horse, Shady […]

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The Rock Candids and Rundown from Gordyville Shootout

The Gordyville Shootout took place this past weekend at Gordyville USA, July 13-16th. The judges included Rick Christy, Dolly Chayer, Jackie Krshka, Tina Anderson, Sissy Anderson and Jim Edwards. The Highlights of the July show are always the $1,000 added Western Pleasure Shootout and the $1,000 added Showmanship Shootout. In order to qualify for either […]

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10 Unwritten Rules of Horse Showing

Almost everything in life is governed by a set of rules, even if they aren’t written in a rulebook – a general set of rules that are just implied but never documented. This applies to horse shows as well. If you are a veteran in the show pen, you know there are some unwritten rules […]

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How Top Riders Avoid Burnout & Keep Winning Year after Year

Feeling horse show burnout creeping in? Read the best preventative measures for avoiding a mental slump
. You know the horse… the one that stops at the in gate, ears pinned and requires an extra nudge to enter the show pen. Or the one whose rider enters him in so many classes throughout the weekend, you’re […]

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The Rock Candids and Report from MAQHA Corporate Challenge

The MAQHA Corporate Challenge was recently held July 13-16 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, MN. There were six complete shows and the judges included Daren Wright, Lori Gordon, Sandy Jirkovsky, Gigi Bailey, Suzy Jeane and Jeff Mellott. This year’s show had 1,500 more entries than last year and nearly 500 stalls sold. […]

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2017 AQHYA Youth Excellence Seminar

Dancing, campaigns, educational lectures, and tons of laughter were just a few things that occurred at the 2017 Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar, also known as YES. The YES Conference is held annually in Amarillo, Texas for AQHYA members, as well as members in other associations such as NRHA, MRHA, and numerous others. This […]

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Six Things You Should Do Every Day Before You Show

The morning of a horse show can often be a hectic, wild ride (not necessarily on your horse). There are so many different tasks to get done to be prepared to compete at your best. Between getting you and your horse ready, and all the other tasks, sometimes things slip through the cracks. Everyone has […]

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We Ask Exhibitors: What is Your Favorite Song to Listen to Before You Show?

For many exhibitors, listening to music has a similar calming effect as riding horses. Music is capable of relaxing and giving confidence to anyone, whether it be before the World Show, Congress, or a weekend show. Our favorite tunes can “pump us up” and help us perform to the best of our ability. Sometimes, the artist […]

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Tordoff Sisters Take on the 2017 AQHYA World, Together

The horse show life is sweeter when you’re doing it with friends and family who understand and share your passion for the sport. Competition, if treated with the right respect, can bring people together in the strongest way. You learn to push each other and yourself, sympathize when someone makes mistakes or falls short of […]

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