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Following in Her Family’s Footsteps: Evie Doles & If Im Honest

A third-generation horseman, Youth exhibitor Evie Doles started riding when she was just three years old. But her riding career didn’t start like most equestrians’ do. “She started riding when she was about three for equine therapy,” her mom, Sarah, said. “She and her twin brother Donovan were born very, very prematurely, so they both […]


VS GoodRide Candids from 2021 Region 6 Super Six Show

The Region Six Super 6 Show Series and Regional Championship were held July 13-18 at the Eastern States Expo in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s one of New England’s Premier Show Facilities with over 600 permanent stalls, three warm-up pens, and a large arena in the coliseum. The event featured six days of great competition, prizes, […]


Juggling Act – Handling Horse Show Guilt

It’s the night before you are leaving for a horse show weekend. You are excited, but your stomach is a fluttery mess. You can’t stop moving:  you (triple) check the bags you’ve packed, you look through every cabinet in the house to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything, and you throw in one last load […]


Best Showmanship Practices – with World Champions Tony Anderman, Mallory Vroegh and Jennifer Michaels

Preparation at the barn plays a major role in determining show-ring success, especially in a class that requires exhibitors to nail every step of the pattern. In showmanship, each movement and detail must be polished to perfection for you and your horse to top the judges’ scorecards. So how can you ensure your time is […]


AQHA Youth Brianna Merklin & Chips Machine – Upping Their Game Just in Time for Youth World

The next couple of months for Brianna Merklin will be exciting and full of changes as she participates in her last AQHA Youth World and heads to Southern Methodist University (SMU) for her freshman year of college. The 18-year-old hails from Columbus, Ohio, and shows Chips Machine under the guidance of Vickery Performance Horses. Merklin […]


We Ask The Industry: What Are Your Favorite and Least Favorite Maneuvers in Pattern Classes? 

For amateur or youth exhibitors, one of the joys of showing pattern classes such as showmanship, equitation, and horsemanship is being asked to perform many different types of maneuvers from show-to-show. In addition, there has been a move in recent years towards larger, more complex patterns with few cones, and it is not uncommon for […]


Must Have Traits of a Small Fry Horse – with Joetta Bell, Leigh Berryhill and Dan & Darlene Trein

Small-fry events feature the future of our industry: the tiniest competitors paired with the most willing, loveable equine partners. Though their job seems relatively simple on the surface, the walk-trot horse is truly a wonder of our industry. Trusted with the safety of the youngest riders, they carry an immense amount of responsibility upon their […]


Racing & Riding Through Life – Kim Burrell Gutowski

Select exhibitor Kim Burrell Gutowski began riding almost before she came out of the womb. Still, as she grew up, she was also drawn to another type of horsepower once she experienced the thrill of a Porsche’s speed. “I met my husband in med school, and he got a Porsche. He got me into racing,” […]