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Five Ways to Be Kind to Your Fellow Exhibitors

Kindness does not cost anything and it has incredible effects on a community. The horse world is very small – everyone knows everyone, therefore, it is exponentially more important to spread positive energy. Horse shows can be stressful and often exhausting. Sometimes it is hard to put your best foot forward every second of every […]

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Finding Your Fit & Style: Kimes Ranch Jeans

Having comfortable, durable and stylish jeans is a necessity for both men and women in the equine industry. Kimes Ranch Jeans has created just that. Their jeans have the longevity and durability you demand because they only source ring spun denim. Ring spun denim has greater tensile/tear strength in the fabric form than open-end yarn […]

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Assistant Trainer Spotlight: Brittany Sega of Thyfault Performance Horses

Brittany Sega currently resides in Shelby, Ohio where she works as an assistant trainer for Missy Thyfault. Her primary responsibilities on a daily basis consist of everything from feeding, saddling, longing/ground work to riding. Usually, Brittany does at least the first 15 to 30 rides on all of the unbroke horses that come to the […]

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Fashion Police: What Not to Wear – Horse Show Edition

If you have been showing horses for any amount of time, you have undoubtedly stumbled upon old pictures that include questionable fashion choices. While great memories came flooding back, you probably looked at what you were wearing and thought, “What was I thinking?” Though fashion is not an exact science and people can represent their […]

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From Clydesdales to Snapping Turtles: Memorable Horse Show Adventures – Part 1

Equestrians don’t bat an eye when we have to endure a two, four, six, up to 20-hour drive for a horse show because we are accustomed to jumping from state to state every weekend. Although we are used to the long hours in a car or truck, time can drag on. Every so often, something […]

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Tips to Make Level 1 Western Pleasure Exhibitors Feel like a Pro

AQHA judge, Louis Hufnagel provides the following tips for beginning western pleasure competitors. • Read the rulebook. Any time you have a question about how your horse should look in the show ring, don’t depend on fads to tell you – look at the AQHA rulebook. • Practice. Many Level 1 exhibitors get scared when […]

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Youngest Rider and Oldest Horse Join Forces at Level 1 East Championships

Six-year-old Emma Grace Robosson of Independence, West Virginia and her 25-year-old horse, Zips Iron Tiger (Rebel) created quite a stir at the Level 1 East Championships. Not only was Emma the youngest competitor, Rebel was the oldest horse at the competition. To make things even better, this team just started showing in the riding classes […]

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From Craigslist to Level 1 Champion

Eighteen-year-old, Matthew Siefker of Lebanon, Ohio is one determined young man. In his first class at the Level 1 East Championships, Matthew and his horse, Grace Zipsinthe Rein (Grace) won the Rookie Youth Showmanship, beating out over 60 other competitors. After his win, Siefker was so excited that he posted a video of himself doing […]

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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Shorty of Shorty’s Caboy Hattery

The next person in our highly popular, 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Me, series is Shorty Koger of Shorty’s Caboy Hattery. Shorty is known as the premier hatter on the forefront of launching new hat trends in the horse industry every year. Shorty says she is always asked which stars wear her hats, […]

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We Ask Trainers: What is Your Favorite Bit?

Any professional athlete will tell you they have a favorite piece of equipment. For instance, Tiger Woods has a favorite putter; it even has a name “The Scotty.” Jack Nicklaus had “White Fang” and Bobby Jones “Calamity Jane.” When you have a piece of equipment that has a human-like name, you know it’s special. The […]

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