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GoSmart with Highpoint & Searles: Riding Your Ultimate Trail Course

Team SmartPak riders Charlie Cole, Jason Martin, Deanna Searles, and Jim Searles join forces for SmartPak’s Trail Day at Sun Circuit to provide the ultimate trail experience “First you should focus on being correct, then on being clean, then on being smooth,” revealed SmarkPak rider and clinician Jim Searles. SmartPak Trail Day was held January […]

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7 Steps to Becoming a Mature Rider with Stephanie Lynn

Everyone understands what maturity means. Even a five year old navigating their way through childhood recognizes the consequences of growing up. A person’s level of maturity determines their ability to cope with situations. It is observed through thoughts, behaviors and reactions to situations. For a rider this could mean how you respond to your horse […]

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GoSmart with Charlie & Jason: Slick By Design Has Best Year Yet at NFR

GoHorseShow.com in partnership with SmartPak are pleased to continue the highly popular column, GoSmart with Charlie and Jason. Team SmartPak riders, Charlie Cole and Jason Martin have achieved success beyond compare. Since founding Highpoint Performance Horses in 1992, they have trained over 150 World Champions and over 300 Congress Champions. Their next GoSmart column is […]

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Inside the Judges’ Room: What Judges Really Talk about with Stephanie Lynn

Do you ever wonder what judges talk about when they are not judging? Of course sports banter can be heard and politics or late night television offer fodder for laughs. But eventually conversation circles back to horses and the good, the bad and the ugly trends that make judges say, “hmmm.” While spectators, Internet viewers […]

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Go Shopping with Dakota: Top 10 Places to Shop at Congress

When trainer and fashionista, Dakota Diamond Griffith, goes to the Congress, she is all about the shopping. Well…and showing great horses! When packing her trailer and suitcase for the Congress, she makes sure to not pack quite enough to get her through the whole show. It’s a great excuse to go shopping. With two large […]

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Congress Edition GoSmart with Charlie and Jason: Top 10 Congress Show Tips

GoHorseShow.com in partnership with SmartPak are pleased to continue the highly popular column, GoSmart with Charlie and Jason. Team SmartPak riders, Charlie Cole and Jason Martin have achieved success beyond compare. Since founding Highpoint Performance Horses in 1992, they have trained nearly 150 World Champions and nearly 300 Congress Champions. Their next GoSmart column is […]

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2015 Congress Judges Lynn and Carter Break Down Congress Showmanship

For our final pattern analysis for the 2015 All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Charlene Carter and Stephanie Lynn break down the Showmanship for GoHorseShow. We chose this pattern because it is shared by the 12-14, 15-18, Amateur and Select Amateur Showmanship classes. Often Novice patterns will include some of the same maneuvers. At this time, judges […]

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2015 Congress Judge Stephanie Lynn Breaks Down Congress Equitation Pattern

Next up on our pattern breakdown is Equitation from our very own Stephanie Lynn. She has been writing for GoHorseShow for two years and has coached, judged and trained riders across divisions for over 35 years. This is Stephanie’s third time to judge the Congress. She holds cards with AQHA, APHA and NSBA and has […]

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2015 Congress Judges Lynn & Chapman Break Down Congress Horsemanship Pattern

The patterns are out for the 2015 Congress and once again, GoHorseShow went straight to the judges for their opinions on how to break down the details of this year’s patterns. This perspective should give you an inside look to what can be expected from each pattern.  Find out what these judges will be looking […]

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Staying On Top: Handling the Pressure with Stephanie Lynn

If you have never won a World Championship, a Congress Championship or a major event, it is hard to feel sympathy for someone who has and now laments over the added pressure to repeat the performance. Winning at a young age has many benefits, but it can also bring baggage for the lucky young winners. […]

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