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Assistant Trainer Spotlight: Matt Culley of Christensen Show Horses

Currently, assistant trainer Matt Culley lives in Pilot Point, Texas, and works at Christensen Show Horses. His primary daily responsibilities include riding horses, getting the young horses out, prepping horses for clients to come ride and take lessons, and getting all the tack, horses, tails, and everything ready for shows.“I show and train for the […]


Ways to Relieve Stress Before the Big Shows

Dealing with nervousness and stress can make you feel shaky and nauseous before you step into a class or attend a big show. Stress can even cause a lack of focus and concentration. Nervousness is normal, but the key to success is to control your stress before walking into the show pen. It would help […]


2021 Quarter Horse Congress Patterns Posted

The 2021 All American Quarter Horse Congress is almost here! Are you excited? Ready to start practicing? Patterns for Showmanship, Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Reining, Trail, and Western Riding are now available. CLICK HERE to view the patterns. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show, […]


Branching Out – The Benefits and Challenges of Trying a New Discipline

The American Quarter Horse is known for its exceptional levels of versatility. These horses can successfully compete in various events from reining, jumping, and western pleasure. Not only is this versatility impressive in direct regards to the horse’s physical capabilities, but it also allows for an inexhaustible variety of events for riders to compete in.  […]


Keeping Older Performance Horses Sound

Everyone in the horse business knows, keeping aging horses sound and healthy can be an investment in both time and money. Every performance horse has important care components: shoeing, nutrition, training, etc. Horses with no apparent problems need routine maintenance to prevent future issues but, special considerations for aging equine athletes are often necessary. Use […]


VS GoodRide Candids from WSQHA North West Emerald Show

The WSQHA just held their North West Emerald Show September 9-12 in Monroe, Washington. The show had some exciting new changes and additions this year. “Humbled would be the first word that comes to mind for our first ever combined Quarter/Paint event. While many others have already done this, we wanted the partnership to be […]


Catching the Judge’s Eye: Advice from Judge Andrea Simons & Congress Champion Ashley Hadlock

It’s that time of year again. After the cancellation of last year’s show due to COVID-19, thousands of trainers and exhibitors all across the country are preparing to attend the 2021 All American Quarter Horse Congress. As the pinnacle event of the year for many AQHA competitors, a trip to “The Congress” is not just […]


Overlooked Trail Obstacles: Backing – with Tim Kimura, Terry Cross and John Briggs

If you’ve been avoiding practicing this required maneuver in favor of the more “fun” obstacles, you’re not alone. The back is an important controlled obstacle, says AQHA Professional Horseman Tim Kimura, the legendary “Man of Trail” and course designer, but it is often not practiced enough. The required maneuver, part of the “Overlooked Obstacles” series, allows […]