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AQHA Youth World- Ride The Pattern Horsemanship Recap

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EC Blog by: Cameron Crenwelge

On behalf of the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association, Melissa Dukes walked exhibitors through the ins and outs of the following AQHYA World Western Horsemanship patterns:

Visit www.AQHA.com to view all patterns for the Youth World Show.

14-18 Level 3

  • Maintain a forward walk as to make a strong first impression.
  • Pattern is centered on the red line on the area wall.
  • A great simple lead change is ALWAYS better than a poorly executed flying.
  • It is important to maintain a consistent speed throughout the extended lope circle.
  • The size of the extended lope circle should fit the needs of your horse.
  • Never compromise accuracy for speed.
  • The pattern takes around 1 min 15 secs to work.

18&U Level 2

  • Held in performance arena.
  • Cone will be set on the blue line.
  • Maintain a forward walk as to make a strong first impression.
  • Beware of the cone when backing so that you have room to execute the turn.
  • Get to your preferred extended lope pace and keep it consistent throughout.
  • Be sure to stop past the first marker.
  • Don’t be afraid to use the arena space to your advantage.
  • The pattern takes around 1 min to work.

13&Under

  • Maintain a forward walk as to make a strong first impression.
  • Precision + Flow = Higher Level of Difficulty = Higher Score
  • The pattern has no set size; so, lay out a pattern that will work best for you and your horse.
  • Don’t forget to back!
  • The pattern takes around 1 min and 15 secs to work.