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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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We Ask The Experts: If You Knew Then What You Know Now, What Would You Change?

We have all had one of those ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ thoughts from time-to-time. Whether it is regretting to take more beneficial college classes, saving for retirement or not stopping to smell the roses when you were a young trainer – they say hindsight is 20/20. No matter where we are on our life’s journey, we […]

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Why Watching Film is Important to Show Ring Success with Trainer Darla Lee

It seems like every day, showing horses gets harder and harder. Horses are getting nicer and everyone out there is a good rider. We are all consistently looking for ways to get better and perfect the fine points of our performances. It seems there is no better way to take your game to the next […]

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English Elegance in Attire

With these English attire tips, you’ll be dressed for horse-showing success the next time you show English classes. English apparel is not as flashy as the rhinestones and sequins you might see in western pleasure or showmanship classes. The look is elegant and refined, but it doesn’t have to be boring. AQHA rules leave quite […]

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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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The Gillespie Family and Their 351 Sons: A Book Review

Reading Our 351 Sons by John and Jan Gillespie, founders of The Rawhide Boys Ranch, is a heartwarming confirmation of the old saying that, “A parent’s love is whole, no matter how many times it is divided.” Raising one’s children is an arduous enough task (albeit rewarding), but raising hundreds of others with the same […]

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We Ask the Industry: Have You Ever Blown a Big Class at a Major Show and Came Back Later to Redeem Yourself?

Nothing is ever sweeter than coming back from failure to prove to yourself and everyone else that you can overcome disappointments and challenges. Often, horse showing is a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. One day you can be on top of the world and the next day be completely humbled with thoughts that […]

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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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