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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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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 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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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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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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