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What to Do When Nobody Listens…

What to Do When Nobody Listens…

You say to the prospective horse purchaser: “This mare is a talented athlete that wins in the show ring, but she has a low tolerance for a beginner rider.” Ten minutes later the prospective buyer asks, “Will she be OK with my young children in walk-trot classes?”

Words From the Trail

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Words From the Trail

“When we are out in nature, far from technological distractions such as television, telephones, and the internet, we have a chance to disconnect from the chaos and responsibilities of life and simply be.”

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A Tale of Two Arenas

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A Tale of Two Arenas

Whether I’m competing at a local show or out of state, I usually receive a mixed bag of opinions. The most common reaction is curiosity! I have people come up to me in the ranch warm-up and say, “Wait, weren’t you just in Horsemanship?” or “Isn’t that the same horse from Trail?” Those questions are also followed by comments like “That’s incredible he can do that all in one day,” and “I wish my horse could do both.” Through all the positivity, there is going to inevitably be some negativity. I have been told in the Horsemanship line to “Stay on the ranch with the cows,” and to “Go back to where you came from. You aren’t good enough for this.” The most common one is “She didn’t deserve to win. She’s not a true ranch rider like the other girls.”

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Taking Personal Ownership of Your Show Ring Success… and Failure

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Taking Personal Ownership of Your Show Ring Success… and Failure

“I have recently been talking with different trainers all over the country regarding their systems for communicating behavioral expectations to their clients. I admit, that when I first started to seek out this information, I didn’t expect any of them to be so forthcoming.”

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2018 FEQHA European Championship of American Quarter Horses

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2018 FEQHA European Championship of American Quarter Horses

This is not a sport; this is a love story. It’s a story about the years and hours spent to prepare for this event. It’s a story about the tears, the smiles, and the happiness. This is riding a Quarter Horse.

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The Shape of a Trophy is Not What Defines Your Experience

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The Shape of a Trophy is Not What Defines Your Experience

As a small fry, I was always asking to lope. I thought it was the goal and the entire point to move up age divisions.  It turns out, it’s only half the point.

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The Horse Show- A Place of Great Fun and Great Disappointment

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The Horse Show- A Place of Great Fun and Great Disappointment

By: Erin Grace Wieldraayer The Grace Of Life Blog- “Show The Horses” Horse shows are a place of camaraderie… and the most passive aggressive adults you will ever meet. This is a place where we all look like the walking dead with great acceptance. It’s a place where eating last night’s dinner (insert whatever the […]

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To AQHYA- Thanks for the Memories…

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To AQHYA- Thanks for the Memories…

“To all of you, who have some youth years left, don’t take them for granted. Enjoy the 2 am rides, the thrill of jogging down the center of the arena with all eyes on you, and the victories big and small. Remember to stay humble; because, even though you’re in the pen alone, it took a village to get you there.”
 

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The Many Shades of Gray

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The Many Shades of Gray

It’s often difficult for Amateur riders to find a dark color (apart from black) that’s elegant and appropriate to show in. In my opinion, dark gray is perfect: it’s different, but not too odd.

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It Takes a Village… Er… a Horse Show Community to Raise a Child

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It Takes a Village… Er… a Horse Show Community to Raise a Child

“It is interesting that some of the worst fears for many parents, are things that pose no worry while at a horse show.”

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