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Halter and Showmanship

This properly shaped light hat draws attention to the rider's face. Few things mark you as a greenhorn versus a pro like the shape, style and fit of your hat. Properly outfitted, your hat is your crowning glory. Poorly shaped,...
If you’d like to truly "show off” your horse at horse show, you can’t do much better than to enter him in a halter class. This ground-based class might appear a bit like showmanship at first, but unlike that...
Squaring up your showmanship horse is a deceptively simple concept. How hard can it be for a horse to stand evenly over all four feet? But this simple requirement can be a challenge to achieve consistently, and a flaw...
Everyone wants a gorgeous tail in the show-ring. Once you get to the bigger stock-breed shows, tail extensions are common. Check with your association’s rules, however, before you spring for a tail extension. Arabians and Morgans, for example, must...

Showmanship Dos and Don’ts

As you anxiously wait at the first cone to begin your showmanship pattern, you watch the exhibitor in front of you. The judge, pen in hand, seems to anticipate an error and is ready to scribble a minus at...

Horse Show Prep Videos

You and your horse have worked hard all winter. He's fit, you're confident, and you're ready to go to a horse show. But there are a few things to take care of before you go through the ingate. Don't...
Whether you compete in western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship or all-around, making a good first impression when you enter the show pen is important. In these videos, AQHA professional horsemen and judges Casey and April Devitt show you how they...
Attention to detail is critical when you’re competing in showmanship. Follow these tips for maneuvering the patterns during a class. Memorize the pattern. Before your class, close your eyes and visualize you and your horse performing the pattern confidently...
Click for a printable version of this chart. First impressions are important in showing horses, especially in the showmanship division. The judge will be evaluating you on how well you present your horse, which includes grooming and turn out. Start...

Showmanship Success

Precision and attention to detail are always important in the show pen, but they are especially crucial in showmanship competition. Horses must be turned out to perfection, and handlers need to be able to keep one eye on the...
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