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Spectator's Guides to Horse Sports and Events

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  • Gay Talmey

    A Primer for Enjoying Rated Horse Shows

    Make the step up from local schooling shows to USEF-recognized competition with confidence, using these tips a licensed steward, judge, and course designer.

  • How To Be a Good Grand Prix Dressage Spectator

    How To Be a Good Grand Prix Dressage Spectator

    A three-time dressage Olympian and judge tells you what to watch for in a Grand Prix dressage test.

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    Combined Driving Basics

    To test the versatility of horse and driver, combined driving blends three competitions. Drivers compete at training, preliminary, intermediate, and advanced levels in singles, pairs, and four-in-hand divisions.

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The Great Rodeo Circuits

Follow this nationwide primer for your summer rodeo viewing pleasure. From American Cowboy magazine. Story by Nathalie Herrera, Kyla Jones, Mahala Proch, and Bob Welch. ... MORE
Gay Talmey

A Primer for Enjoying Rated Horse Shows

Make the step up from local schooling shows to USEF-recognized competition with confidence, using these tips a licensed steward, judge, and course designer. ... MORE
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Five Great American Horse Events for Spectators–Must Sees

Horse racing is one of the most ancient past-times. The types of racing we are most familiar with today, steeple chasing (which involves hurdles) and flat racing (which requires speed and stamina over a flat track), hail to aristocratic and royal British society. ... MORE
How To Be a Good Grand Prix Dressage Spectator

How To Be a Good Grand Prix Dressage Spectator

A three-time dressage Olympian and judge tells you what to watch for in a Grand Prix dressage test. ... MORE
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Breed Show Class and Division Primer

Thinking of venturing into hunter or dressage classes at breed-specific shows? Check out the classes and divisions offered at Arabian, Paint and American Quarter Horse competitions, from Practical Horseman magazine. ... MORE
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Combined Driving Basics

To test the versatility of horse and driver, combined driving blends three competitions. Drivers compete at training, preliminary, intermediate, and advanced levels in singles, pairs, and four-in-hand divisions. ... MORE
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How to Watch Reining

Reining events are designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse within the confines of a show arena. In National Reining Horse Association competitions contestants run one of 10 approved patterns. Read on to learn how to become a savvy reining spectator. ... MORE
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Find an AQHA Instructor

Before you choose an instructor you need to ask yourself some questions about your goals, your budget, the style of riding you want to do, and the amount of time you can devote to riding. The American Quarter Horse Association can help you find the right instructor. ... MORE
Gay Talmey

A Primer for Enjoying Rated Horse Shows

Make the step up from local schooling shows to USEF-recognized competition with confidence, using these tips from licensed steward, judge and course designer Gay Talmey. ... MORE