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Harris Leather and Silverworks – 50 Years in the Making

There is a simple reason that Harris Leather and Silverworks is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year — they take care of their customers with quality craftsmanship. With their attention to detail and a warm smile for everyone, it is not surprising that they are considered one of the very best in our industry. “We […]

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We Ask the Industry: How Does Your Trainer Spoil You?

When you first think of your horse trainer, often, the hard things they make you do, like posting without stirrups and running with cups of water to get a smoother trot in showmanship, are some of the first memories that come to mind. However, not all memories of horse trainers revolve around the blood, sweat, […]

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Eight Things to Remember when Showing in a New Class

Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Trying a new class for the first time can often be intimidating. However, if approached correctly, it can be the beginning of an intense passion. To be successful, you must allow yourself to make mistakes and grow […]

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We Ask the Judges: Losing and Winning Respectfully – How to Exit the Arena with Class

Good sportsmanship is an essential aspect of showing horses. Sometimes we, as an industry, undervalue its importance. Exhibitors who are gracious when they win and courteous when they lose are widely respected in the equestrian community. This demonstrates respect to your horse, trainer and yourself. These characteristics allow an exhibitor to be successful both in […]

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Six Life Lessons Learned from Showmanship

Horse showing teaches exhibitors invaluable life lessons. Everything from how to win graciously to how to lose with class. We learn that it is okay to make mistakes because they only make us a better equestrian and an overall stronger person. Showmanship exemplifies these ideas in the most elegant and complicated ways. Showmanship’s core values […]

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GoMag: September Pre-Congress and APHA World Show Issue Online Now

On the heals of a jam-packed month of August, September is the month when many turn their focus to preparing for the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Not to be overlooked during the month of September are all of the halter horses and exhibitors competing at the Breeders Halter Futurity in Des Moines, Iowa from September […]

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Positive Pleasure: A Case to End the Stigma

Just like any sport in history, the evolution of performance horses has been consistent, ever-changing, increasingly competitive and progressively more specialized. Throughout the years, both western pleasure horses and training techniques have changed, sometimes for the better, sometimes not, but in today’s world where we see arguably the best horses in the discipline, a stigma […]

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A Tale of Tails: The Ins and Outs of Tail Extensions

Nothing makes a horse look more put together in the show pen than a full, flowing and beautiful tail. Tail extensions have enhanced the image of show horses for decades. Having a perfect color match and creating the ideal length is essential to forming a pretty picture for the judges. There are multiple vendors at […]

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The Challenges of Working with Less Expensive and Less Talented Horses

Not a news flash: horses are expensive. And when showing at a top level of competition, usually the more talented the horse is, the larger the price tag. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to spend the price of a luxury car on a show horse. Most trainers are also not in the position […]

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