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Longe Line Master: Anthony Leier’s Best Bet Yet

In the grand scheme of the horse show industry, trainer, Anthony Leier is still in his infancy.  At the age of twenty-seven, Leier didn’t start showing until age fifteen after watching his mom, Cammy Leier, show appaloosas for years, especially in the longe line. After attending college for just one year, Leier dropped out and […]

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We Ask the Industry: Are there too Many Classes at Horse Shows?

Over the years, many breed organizations have added more and more divisions and classes to cater to specific levels of horses and riders. With these additional classes being added, it has led to later and later nights at horse shows. Some exhibitors have expressed that it has completely taken out the social part of getting […]

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Insider Secrets on Buying and Selling Horses in Online Auctions

The majority of people now shop and buy frequently online. From items as small as a hoof pick to as large as a luxury motor home, the horse industry has joined the Internet marketing world. In 2009 when Mike and Stephanie Jennings first started floating the idea of Internet horse auctions, many of their customers […]

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10 Steps to Self-Care in the Horse Show World

Self-awareness is the first step to self-care. To make decisions that are best for ourselves and our horses, we have to be able to recognize what is good and bad for us on an individual basis. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t function at the top of our game (mentally and physically). […]

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Five Things You Should Drop at a Horse Show…Right Now

If you are regularly on social media, you know it doesn’t take longer than five minutes before something comes across your feed about things you should or should not be doing to make your life better. Chances are you’ve even seen one (or more) versions of “How to Avoid a Narcissist,” “Ten People Who Are […]

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We Ask The Industry: Fashion Trends You Wish Would Go Away

In the horse industry, trends come and go just about as fast as the money we spend on showing horses. Every year, there seems to be something new popping up as far as new fashion and riding styles in the show arena.  If you have been showing horses for any amount of time, you have […]

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Seven Ways to Handle Horse Show Disappointments

You’ve prepared endlessly. You got up before work or school to ride, you feel strong and focused, and your horse is well-rested and ready to perform. You warm up in the practice pen, and everything feels perfect. You have positive energy pumping through your body. You enter the pen, and before you know it, it […]

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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Marsha Stigge of Award Decor

Marsha Stigge of Award Decor is the next individual featured in our popular series, “10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me”. Marsha Stigge and Dionne Stigge Rucker had toyed with the design concept for a “jacket pillow” for several years. Marsha had operated a custom home interior workroom for the design trade for more […]

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Show Experiences: What’s the Nicest Thing Anyone’s Ever Done for You?

Famous Australian athlete, Kevin Heath once said, “Whenever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness to make a difference.” No matter the sport, discipline, or class, having a support system is an essential part of showing horses. Whether it be a significant gesture or simply a kind word, acts of […]

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We Ask the Industry: What do you think about the Walk Trot Division?

In 2011, APHA implemented an Adult Walk Trot division and in 2016, AQHA followed suit. The primary purpose for these new divisions is to get more people involved in the industry while giving novice riders, or riders with physical limitations, a place to show and be competitive. For the most part, it has been a […]

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