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Halter and Showmanship

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...
Showmanship competition reflects how a well-trained horse should behave on the ground. Every horse should be easy to handle, work effortlessly off his handler’s cues, allow others to approach and move around him without concern, and stand still when...
There is a lot to learn when you’re starting out in showmanship. It takes time and practice to become familiar with all of the skills. However, these 10 tips will help you avoid some of the common mistakes made...

Showmanship Set up

Q: I want to start showing my Quarter Horse in showmanship classes, but we have a hard time with setting up. I’ve been working on my halter and leadrope cues to get him to move his feet. The problem...
Here are some simple steps for mane banding from expert groomer Casey Warren. But before you begin, check competition rules to make sure those bands are allowed in your classes! ...
The purpose of the showmanship class is for exhibitors to demonstrate their ability to show their horses, rather than showcasing the horse himself.  In showmanship, the horse’s conformation is not judged. However, how the horse is turned out is...

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