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Backing Your Horse Like a Champ

Ask your horse to back up lightly and willingly with the halter for a positive horse-showing experience. Backing your horse is a standard maneuver in showmanship classes, so it’s important to do it correctly and seemingly effortlessly. Objectives: 1) To cause your horse to back up with very light action on his halter 2) To […]

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Custom Saddle Pads: Behind the Scenes with Woods’ Western

It’s fashion month at GoHorseShow and we’re talking style in and out of the show pen. When it’s time to show, we all know that our horse is probably our best accessory. So, it only makes sense that we’d outfit them as well as we outfit ourselves. For more than forty years, Babe and Dan […]

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The Cute Factor: Small Fry Fashion at its Finest

Is there anything more adorable than a Small Fry exhibitor? One of the highlights of the horse show is seeing those walk trotters tacked up and ready to show what they’ve got. Whether they step up to the cone with deadly intensity or can’t stop smiling because they are just so happy to be there, […]

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Phil Harris Offers Advice on Finding Your Dream Saddle

Showing horses is an intense commitment of time and money, so when you decide to invest in an expensive piece of equipment, you want to make sure you do it right the first time. Choosing or designing your dream western saddle is one of those things. A saddle is an artwork that can represent your […]

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We Ask the Industry: Do You Believe the AQHA Leveling Program is Working?

According to AQHA, “The aim of the leveling program is to level the playing field, with the overall goal being to get more new people involved in showing their American Quarter Horses and drive the showing market in a strong direction.” The different levels are calculated from a program that assigns exhibitors and horses to […]

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Get the Look: 2017 Ringside Style Guide

Your showmanship suit is pressed. Your hat is clean and freshly shaped. Your tack is polished to perfection. Your new bolero set is set to stun. In other words, your horse show fashion game is on point. However, you’re standing in a trance-like state in front of your closet wondering what on earth you have […]

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Five Tips to Give Your Motorhome or Living Quarters a Cozy Feel

As horse show contestants, we often find ourselves away from home for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. Our living quarter trailers and motorhomes take the place of our home as we travel to different destinations with our four legged partners. Making these coaches feel like a home can seem like a difficult feat with […]

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We Ask The Industry: Fashion Trends You Wish Would Come Back

Have you ever looked at an old horse show picture and thought, “What in the world was I wearing?”  From high-waisted pants to smooth leather chaps and everything in between, horse show fashion is constantly evolving.  However, like all fashion eventually does, most of those ‘what was I thinking’ fashion statements somehow seem to make […]

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AQHA Couple is “Ride or Dye” for Revitalized Saddles

The demands of showmen in all equestrian disciplines continue to grow and change, allowing for the birth and evolution of trends. And it only takes one person to step out of the safe zone for a style to spread throughout the entire industry. Some styles come and go for various reasons, which has an effect […]

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