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  • Written by jennifer w maclean
  • Category: Learn

How to dress for the show ring when you’re not actually showing

Evan Orr dressed for the mud at this year's Lexington. Here he runs alongside CH Moonlight Memories and McGee Bosworth wearing safe and weather appropriate boots.Evan Orr dressed for the mud at this year's Lexington. Here he runs alongside CH Moonlight Memories and McGee Bosworth wearing safe and weather appropriate boots.The rider is impeccably and beautifully dressed, the horse shines as only a show horse can under the lights of the arena, the tack sparkles, and the trainer… is wearing a tank top and flip flops? While problems with show ring dress are not common, they do happen, whether due to extreme weather conditions, forgetfulness or simple laziness. There are no clear-cut rules regarding attire for show ring attendants, but a few guidelines and some common sense can go a long way in choosing appropriate attire to wear when attending to something inside the show ring.

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  • Written by Lauren Gall
  • Category: Learn

The Horse of the Civil War

Today’s American Saddlebreds may look quite different than their original ancestors, but even then, the long necks, smooth gaits, endurance, and willing personality stood out to the founders of our country. In fact, the American Sadddlebred breed is deeply rooted in the history of the United States of America itself.

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  • Written by jennifer w maclean
  • Category: Learn

The Importance Of Sportsmanship

In an effort to promote everyone’s “self-esteem,” today’s youth sports often reward children simply for having the right uniform and equipment. But when participation trophies are awarded just for showing up, children miss one of the best opportunities competition can provide – the not always welcome, but very important lessons in sportsmanship. In fact, when it comes to equestrian sports, these lessons are as vital a skill to master as that of equitation.

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  • Written by Allie Layos
  • Category: Learn

Whatever Works: The genius of academy

Horse showing itself may be a subjective business, but in actuality the rules are pretty straightforward. In the performance, pleasure and equitation divisions, rules come from a national governing body and remain the same across the country. Then there is the academy division, a relatively new addition to the horse show scene, which has been governed differently since its first day – on purpose.

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  • Written by Dallys Malenfant
  • Category: Learn

Show Set Up: Creating a home-away-from-home

Most exhibitors probably walk into their barn’s aisle at a show, hang their suit in the dressing room, see the pictures and display racks on the curtained walls and simply don’t realize how much work has gone into creating a comfortable and inviting home-away-from-home for the barn and its clients.

As anyone who has helped to set up before a show knows, there is no magic elf that comes in and does the work. Everything – from the dressing room to the tack room and hospitality area – was created with a lot of sweat, elbow grease, some screws and maybe a few tears from dedicated staff and helpers. This creative and precise process is all about the details.

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