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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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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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The Goolsby Family: Showing and Winning is a Family Affair

One of the wonderful benefits of showing horses is that it can be enjoyed together as a family. This is the case with the Goolsby family who recently returned home from the Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a long list of World Champion titles to their name. The Goolsby family might be […]

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Five Things to Ask Yourself Before You Claim “It’s Politics”

She trains with the famous Big Name Trainer. He owns the famous Big Name Horse. You see them walking around the fairgrounds chatting with show management and their Facebook friend list is almost exclusively a who’s who in the horse industry. It’s no surprise when they win your class. Politics as usual, right? We’ve all been there. If […]

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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 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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