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Inaugural Championship Show at Ocala’s World Equestrian Center is a Huge Success

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Inaugural Championship Show at Ocala’s World Equestrian Center is a Huge Success

The World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida held its inaugural Championship Show from September 29th to October 10th, 2021 where $2,000,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. Of the facility’s available stalls in its 25 barns, 3,000 were sold for the show. Exhibitors traveled from both coasts and everywhere in between to compete for big money and exciting prizes.

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Ponying Horses – The Do’s and Don’ts

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Ponying Horses – The Do’s and Don’ts

It’s a familiar sight at any horse show. A rider, astride a mount, leads another unsaddled horse alongside. Whether solely for exercise, desensitizing to the show environment, or simply because there were no more longing spots to be had, ponying a horse is a well-used training and conditioning technique. But, as any rider in a crowded warm-up pen can attest, there’s definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. Also, ponying isn’t just a skill to be reserved for horse shows. As we will learn from our experts, there are a wide variety of applications for ponying, back on the ranch, as well.

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EC Youth Profile – Lilly Jones

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EC Youth Profile – Lilly Jones

On September 16th, 2011 at 8:30 AM, trainers Chris and Melissa Jones welcomed daughter, Lilly Ann, into their lives. Melissa admits that she waited a bit too long before heading to the hospital. “It was after midnight, and I kept telling Chris to drive faster, which just made him even more nervous,” she laughs. “We made it just in time. I had an easy delivery for the most part, except for almost missing my time window to have an epidural.

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Clay Arrington – Ready to Join the Pros in 2022

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Clay Arrington – Ready to Join the Pros in 2022

Do you believe a true passion for horses is a heritable trait? Or is it a love that develops over years of learning and honing skills? Clay Arrington, a third-generation horseman, is a living example of both.

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Top Ten Things Judges Hate in Showmanship

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Top Ten Things Judges Hate in Showmanship

When it comes to Showmanship, there are some horse and handler pairs that make the discipline look effortless. They are precise, efficient, correct, and have a special flair that sets them apart from the rest.

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Combating Depression in the Horse Show Industry

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Combating Depression in the Horse Show Industry

She walked to the outdoor pen, thinking she could calm her heart and dry her tears. She needed a quiet moment to herself. An assistant trainer to one of the leading performance trainers in the industry, her goal was to work hard, ride well, learn, and become one of the greats. Somewhere along the way, the minor stresses became harder to overcome on a daily basis. She couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, and struggled to get out of bed each morning, even when she told herself she was living her dream.

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Futurity Programs Aplenty – Are We Spreading Ourselves Too Thin? Or is More Choices Better?

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Futurity Programs Aplenty – Are We Spreading Ourselves Too Thin? Or is More Choices Better?

There are so many futurity and incentive programs these days: NSBA, BCF, Breeders Halter Futurity, WCHA futurity, Premier Sires, APHA Breeders Halter futurity, Super Sires, Southern Belle Breeders, and many more. Are there too many, and is the overwhelming number diluting the industry? Or do exhibitors and breeders feel they finally have the choices they need for greater diversification?

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From Oregon to Texas – McCulloch Training Stables relocates to the Lone Star State

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From Oregon to Texas – McCulloch Training Stables relocates to the Lone Star State

There’s no denying the majesty and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. With four mountain ranges, swift flowing rivers, plains, plateaus, and a dramatic coastline, it’s a special place. It’s also more than a 20-hour drive to most major horse show venues, and averages 43 inches of precipitation spread out over 7-8 months of each year. These were factors Shannon McCulloch and her husband, Tom Bacon, weighed carefully before making the decision to partner with fellow Oregonians, Molly and Maria Salazar, to purchase the former Equine Salt Water Therapy Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas.

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Headshaking in Horses

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Headshaking in Horses

Headshaking syndrome in horses is a sign of disease rather than a disease itself. There are multiple causes, and several veterinarians have done studies to explore the causes and find ways to treat them. Headshaking generally comes on suddenly—in a horse that has never done this before—then continues to occur sporadically.

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A Boot in Both Worlds – Performance Industry Expansion into Barrel Racing

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A Boot in Both Worlds – Performance Industry Expansion into Barrel Racing

During Chad Beus’s childhood, the distinction between business and pleasure was clear; the family’s Utah dairy farm was business, and horses were a hobby. However, once he and his wife, Tiffany, were married, they made horses their business–particularly making a name for themselves in the Halter horse industry. Since then, he’s racked up many accolades and expanded into other performance events. Recently, he headed in a different direction by jumping headfirst into Barrel Racing. He started with the Pink Buckle Series with his business partner, Lance Robinson. With a $2.7 million payout, it’s the world’s richest barrel race.

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