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Four Quick Reminders on Practice Pen Etiquette

Imagine if the next time you drove to work or went out to run an errand, there were no traffic signals, stop signs or speed limits to get you to your destination safely and more efficiently. The roads would be chaos with cars, buses, and trucks of all shapes and sizes going in different directions […]

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Invited To The Dance Donated to Ohio State University

Vanessa Froman of Sawyer, Michigan has announced the donation of her stallion, Invited To The Dance, to Ohio State University. Invited To The Dance, (Warren), is a 16’1 hand 2009 Homozygous Tobiano stallion by Invited Back (sired by Willy Be Invited) and out of a Principle Investment mare. “I have decided to downsize and get […]

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Six Reasons Horse Show Friends are Everything

When we think about the excitement of horse shows, a big part of what we look forward to is spending time with our horse show friends. Your horse show friends don’t look twice when you’re talking to them about riding square corners through a mouthful of questionably dirty rubber bands. Your horse show friends are […]

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Perfecting the Inspection: Showmanship Crossovers with Brad Kearns

For those of you who grew up in 4-H showing livestock, showmanship and how one presents the animal and the inspection is probably the most important part of the class. With horses, watching winning exhibitors present their horse for inspection is like viewing a well-choreographed dance routine. When practiced and perfected, the motions are fluid […]

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Through Thick and Thin: Horse Show Siblings

Siblings: they bicker, they battle, they fight, they tattle, they steal each other’s clothes, and they tease each other constantly. It’s a tale as old as time. They also love unconditionally, cheer the loudest, smile the biggest, and celebrate the most when their sibling succeeds. The sibling bond is unique and adding in horse showing […]

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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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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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Naughty, Naughty: Correcting Bad Behaviors in Showmanship Horses

So, you have a horse that is naturally talented at showmanship maneuvers. They pivot well, they set up fast, they back straight and off your body; but occasionally, they… well, misbehave. Maybe they nip at you every once in awhile. Or for some reason start to develop nervousness at the start cone. Maybe they are […]

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Shake It Off: How Top Riders Come Back from Major Mistakes in the Show Pen

Every rider knows the feeling of pure frustration leaving the arena after making a mistake or even blowing a class. It happens to all of us, even if you are a novice starting out or a multiple time world champion. The most important part of making a mistake is how you react afterward. Pushing past […]

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