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Harvey’s Angels: Horse Community Members Come Together

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. On August 25, 2017, a life changing tragedy began for many Texans. Over a four-day stretch, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain. Homes were lost, lives were lost, and hope survived it all. Despite […]

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Judge’s Perspective: Nancy Renfro’s “Spin” on the Horsemanship Spin

The spin, or turnaround, has been a staple maneuver of horsemanship patterns since the invention of the class. To watch a well-executed pivot is comparable to a ballerina dancer performing a pirouette. However, what may seem like a common element in horsemanship and equitation is sometimes improperly carried out, often due to rider error. We […]

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Weekend Recovery: Six Tips to Help you Bounce Back After a Long Horse Show

After a weekend or longer at a horse show, it’s likely that all you’ll want to do is shower the arena dirt off your body, crawl into bed, and never leave. You may also want to do nothing on Monday but look at pictures from the show and reminisce about the weekend you just had. […]

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Rider Error: Correcting Bad Behavior in Pattern Horses Begins With You

Horsemanship and hunt seat equitation are two classes that focus on the rider’s ability to successfully maneuver their horse and where the scores are based on the rider’s performance, not the movement of the animal. A flawless horsemanship or equitation pattern is always pleasing to the eye as it showcases the bond between horse and […]

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Five Tips to Overcome Horse Show Stage Fright

If you have ever suffered from horse show stage fright, you are well aware of the stress and pressure that begins to appear as you make your way up to the show pen. With the Select World Show currently going on and other major shows coming up, this problem tends to rear its ugly head […]

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Competitors Share Their “Secret Weapons” in the Show Pen

The definition of a weapon is “gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest.” Whether it be a certain mindset or a particular outfit, an exhibitor’s “weapon” can set them apart from the competition. Have you ever looked at World and Congress Champions and thought, “what is their secret to success?” Is […]

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Different Worlds: Trainers Discuss Juggling and Preparing for Major Shows Back-To-Back

The NSBA World Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a showcase of multiple breeds competing at the highest level in pleasure and performance classes. With the show over, many would assume that the trainers who attended this event would be relaxing at home after an intense show. However, this is often not the case as most professionals are […]

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Trail Talk: Correcting Common Behavior Problems on Course

Anyone who has shown a trail horse knows the complex nature of the class and how many variables have to come together for a winning ride. In a class where horse and rider are challenged to communicate at an advanced level with many diverse situations and obstacles, every flaw or breakdown in communication between horse […]

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Industry Power Couples and The Secret to Their Sucess

Many of us know having a career in the horse world means traveling many miles for shows, long hour days, and hard work. Finding someone to be by your side through all of it, every day is a rare and special thing. Lucky for us, there are many influential and motivational couples in our industry […]

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Seven Tips on Overcoming Horse Show Envy

An exhibitor comes out of the show ring disappointed. They complain, “She only won because she trains with XYZ trainer, has an expensive horse, and was wearing an expensive jacket.” Have you heard this before? Have you been this person? At every horse show, everywhere in the world, many exhibitors struggle with show ring envy. […]

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