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United States Pony Clubs 2012 Championships East

The competition takes place July 26-29 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. Seven different disciplines will be contested.

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The Great Rodeo Circuits

Follow this nationwide primer for your summer rodeo viewing pleasure.

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.

All About Olympic Show Jumping

World championships of four equestrian sports will be contested at the 2016 Olympics and whether you're a horse enthusiast or someone who has never touched a horse, we can bet you don?t know about every single discipline.

How To Be a Good Grand Prix Dressage Spectator

A three-time dressage Olympian and judge tells you what to watch for in a Grand Prix dressage test. From Practical Horseman magazine

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Breed Show Class and Division Primer

Thinking of venturing from the open show arena into hunter or dressage classes at breed-specific shows? Here's an introduction to the various classes and divisions offered at Arabian, Paint and American Quarter Horse competitions.

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Combined Driving Basics

To test the versatility of horse and driver, combined driving blends three competitions. Drivers compete at training, preliminary, intermediate, and advanced levels in singles, pairs, and four-in-hand divisions.

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How to Watch Reining

Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of 10 approved patterns, included in the NRHA handbook.This article describes each of these moves.

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Find an AQHA Instructor

Ready to mount up and go? Not so fast. Before you choose an instructor you need to ask yourself some questions about your goals, your budget, the style of riding you want to do, and the amount of time you can devote to riding. When you've made those decisions, the American Quarter Horse Association can help you find the right instructor.

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. By Gay Talmey for Practical Horseman.