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The One Thing Judges Never Miss with Stephanie Lynn

Exhibitors ask all the time, “What is the one thing that judges are looking for in XYZ class?” The answer given most often is judges consider many aspects of the performance when determining the winner. It makes perfect sense. After all, anyone who has ever met with success understands the amount of time, work and […]

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Showing – An Investment In Your Future with Stephanie Lynn

Today, after struggling to get an answer from a customer service department, the thought occurred to me that the person in charge would make a lousy horse trainer. In fact, they would probably not be successful in the show ring at all! People who show horses possess remarkable talents. The characteristics that make for success […]

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Goals Versus Principles with Stephanie Lynn

Every day riders are faced with decisions that test their moral fortitude. The temptation to push the limits increases with competition. The more variables surrounding the game the easier it is to manipulate the situation increasing the pressure to abandon your principles – especially if you feel like, “Everyone else is doing it.” Author and […]

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15 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask the Judge with Stephanie Lynn

Every January people ring in the New Year with resolutions and talk of things they want to change. This year, as 2015 came to a close, I decided to ask people to share questions they had always wanted to ask a judge. Many of the questions were asked multiple times in a variety of ways, […]

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GoSmart with Highpoint & Searles: Riding Your Ultimate Trail Course

Team SmartPak riders Charlie Cole, Jason Martin, Deanna Searles, and Jim Searles join forces for SmartPak’s Trail Day at Sun Circuit to provide the ultimate trail experience “First you should focus on being correct, then on being clean, then on being smooth,” revealed SmarkPak rider and clinician Jim Searles. SmartPak Trail Day was held January […]

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7 Steps to Becoming a Mature Rider with Stephanie Lynn

Everyone understands what maturity means. Even a five year old navigating their way through childhood recognizes the consequences of growing up. A person’s level of maturity determines their ability to cope with situations. It is observed through thoughts, behaviors and reactions to situations. For a rider this could mean how you respond to your horse […]

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GoSmart with Charlie & Jason: Slick By Design Has Best Year Yet at NFR

GoHorseShow.com in partnership with SmartPak are pleased to continue the highly popular column, GoSmart with Charlie and Jason. Team SmartPak riders, Charlie Cole and Jason Martin have achieved success beyond compare. Since founding Highpoint Performance Horses in 1992, they have trained over 150 World Champions and over 300 Congress Champions. Their next GoSmart column is […]

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Inside the Judges’ Room: What Judges Really Talk about with Stephanie Lynn

Do you ever wonder what judges talk about when they are not judging? Of course sports banter can be heard and politics or late night television offer fodder for laughs. But eventually conversation circles back to horses and the good, the bad and the ugly trends that make judges say, “hmmm.” While spectators, Internet viewers […]

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Go Shopping with Dakota: Top 10 Places to Shop at Congress

When trainer and fashionista, Dakota Diamond Griffith, goes to the Congress, she is all about the shopping. Well…and showing great horses! When packing her trailer and suitcase for the Congress, she makes sure to not pack quite enough to get her through the whole show. It’s a great excuse to go shopping. With two large […]

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Congress Edition GoSmart with Charlie and Jason: Top 10 Congress Show Tips

GoHorseShow.com in partnership with SmartPak are pleased to continue the highly popular column, GoSmart with Charlie and Jason. Team SmartPak riders, Charlie Cole and Jason Martin have achieved success beyond compare. Since founding Highpoint Performance Horses in 1992, they have trained nearly 150 World Champions and nearly 300 Congress Champions. Their next GoSmart column is […]

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