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Top 5 Life Lessons Learned Showing Horses

It’s safe to say that horse showing teaches us many things. Luckily, many of these lessons can be applied both inside and outside of the arena. Naysayers might not understand how showing an animal can lend us so many valuable life lessons, but Winston Churchill once said it best with his quote, “There is something […]

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We Ask Competitors: What are Your Horse’s Favorite Things?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things. The song, “My Favorite Things” sung by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music, comes to mind when we asked competitors about their horse’s favorite things. This song immediately puts people in their […]

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Futurity Time: How to Know Whether Your Young Horse is Ready for the Big Time

This time of year always brings new excitement as breeders, owners, trainers, and exhibitors are gearing up toward showcasing their newest stock. The two and three-year-old western pleasure and hunter under saddle futurity classes provide some of the most lucrative and name-making competition. But training and showing a baby takes more than skill; often it […]

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We Ask Current and Former Competitors: Things You Wish You Knew Before You Showed at Youth World

As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20”, so we asked several past and current youth exhibitors who have shown at their respective breed’s Youth World Shows, what they wished they had known before they showed. The Youth World is one of the main shows that many youths strive and prepare for every year. The ultimate […]

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In Honor of Father’s Day: The Seven Kinds of Show Dads You’ll See at Horse Shows

Maybe he’s the cowboy who inspired your love for horses and riding. Maybe he’s the one who drove the truck and trailer faithfully up and down the road. Or maybe he’s the one who would have preferred to take his golf cart to an actual course instead of a horse show. No matter what his […]

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Rolling out the Welcome Mat: Five Ways Experienced Exhibitors Can Make Newcomers Feel at Home

Will I fit in? Will I know anybody? Will I end up being a social wallflower like the new kid at a middle-school dance? One of the toughest things in life is daring to try something new. When it comes to horse shows, trying a new show can bring with it anxiety, fear, and the […]

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Looking to the Top: Where do Industry Leaders Find their Inspiration?

Standing on the rail at a horse show, watching the top exhibitors, horses, and judges do their best work, one can learn a lot about success in the industry. In fact, watching carefully and asking questions is a standard piece of advice the best of the best give to those just beginning or looking to […]

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What’s Hot in English Attire with Boo Yah Custom Clothing

As riders trot into a hunter under saddle class, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.  The arena is packed with similarly colored horses and people in tan breeches, unlike the western pen, where exhibitors stand out with colorful attire.  Thus, riders are continuously developing trends that make them different from the others. […]

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Five Tips from Clients on Finding the Right Trainer

When searching for a new or first horse trainer, there is always some level of trepidation. Finding the right person to guide a rider and their horse to success is often an interesting journey. Often times, what an equestrian needs when he or she is starting out can be very different from what a rider […]

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