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Learn To Show

You can have a great halter showing experience with these tips from AQHA Professional Horseman Jack Brizendine. Journal photo.

Show with Halter

Here is the basic set-up that every horse showing pro uses. From American Quarter Horse Journal


AQHA Beginners Guide to Showing

Ready to get started in the Western show ring? The American Quarter Horse Journal has the information you need.


Are You Competing Against Yourself or the Competition?

Whichever way you look at it, you have to find whatever works for you to bring success.

Gay Talmey

A Primer for Enjoying Rated Horse Shows

Make the step up from local schooling shows to USEF-recognized competition with confidence, using these tips a licensed steward, judge, and course designer.

Courtney King plans her show strategy at the 2006 Dressage at Devon. Photo by Patricia Lasko

Six Tips for a Successful Show

Ensure that your next show outing is a positive one with these pointers from U.S. Dressage Federation gold medalist Courtney King.

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Be Prepared: Countdown to Competition

Whether you and your horse are show ring rookies or seasoned pros, show time jitters can send you both on an emotional roller coaster. Here's a timeline to help make your show day a success.

Attend several local and at least one of the larger shows to get a feel for what the show environment is really like; and especially make sure to watch the classes in which you

How to Beat Horse Show Nerves

Nervousness hindering your performance? World-champion pro and coach Carol Metcalf helps you kick those horse show jitters and nerves to the curb.

How to Qualify for Novice Championships

The AQHA tells you three ways to qualify for the inaugural AQHA Novice Championship Shows.

Be on the lookout for mental triggers for your horse. Illustration courtesy of the Quarter Horse Journal

Play It Safe At Horse Shows

Writing for America's Horse Daily, equine events coordinator Nancy Easton tells how to prevent accidents at shows.

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The Psychology Behind Showmanship Classes

AQHA judge Holly Hover has helped transform many exhibitors into showmanship champions with her collection of showmanship psychology tricks. Her tricks include handwriting analysis, dressing for success, body language and positive thinking.

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How To Look Good in the Show Ring

To present themselves as relaxed but attentive equestrians ready to take on the challenges of a class, youth riders must convince judges they understand the nature of their event and how best to position themselves in the saddle for effective commands. From America's Horse Daily

Pleasure/carriage driving

What Potential Pleasure Drivers Need to Know Before They Show.

When looking for a horse to use in pleasure driving there are several things to consider first. From America's Quarter Horse Journal.

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New Horse Sports for the 21st Century

Six growing sports offer hot new opportunities for Western riders. By Gavin Ehringer for Horse&Rider magazine.


Calm Your Dressage Show Anxiety

Try these proven methods for overcoming dressage show anxiety to help you perform at your best. From Dressage Today.

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English Riding is Good Training for Western

Basic training in English riding can enhance your western performance. English riding offers a lot to both beginning riders and more-experienced riders who have primarily ridden western. Christine Hamilton for the American Quarter Horse Journal.

Game Day Strategy for Showing

Christine Hamilton discusses how competitors prepare for a finals appearance at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

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A Star in Any Arena

Out of the many stars at the 2008 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, one exhibitor shone in a special way. Like many young people, Cassidy Miller of Carlsbad, California, began riding at age 7. But her start was with a therapeutic riding instructor.

Getting Started in Cutting

In this article, Al gives the lowdown on what it really takes to be cutter, and how to do it without breaking the bank (cutting can be an expensive sport). He also provides detailed info about the cattle used for cutting, and what kind of horse it takes to get the job done.

Tom McCutcheon. Photo Waltenberry

Preparing for Your First Reining Competition

First-time reining event contestants are eager to compete and eager to learn how to perform better. Reining competitions can be stressful, however, for even the seasoned competitor. Here are tips to better prepare newcomers as they get ready for their first reining competitions.

Barrel Racing. Courtesy AQHA

Are You in Shape to Show?

Sometimes horse owners become so wrapped up in the care, comfort and performance of their horses that they forget that they are half of the competitive team. The rider?s physical fitness, nutrition, rest and overall health also play a determining role in the overall show ring performance. Here are ways competitors can consider their own personal care during competitions. From America's Horse Journal

Reining. Photo Horse and Rider

Video: Getting Started in Reining with Al Dunning

Al Dunning names a critical quality for anyone who wishes to succeed at the sport of reining. In the clip, featured on, he also stresses the need for a secure, well-balanced seat.