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  • Written by Allie Layos
  • Category: Learn

What It Takes to be a Horse Show Announcer

Peter Fenton never intended to be an announcer. While today he is perhaps the iconic voice of the modern show horse industry, he entered into the profession purely by chance.

Born into the show horse world, his father was a professional horse trainer and his mother, Helen Fenton, was a popular horse show manager. When an announcer she had hired got into a serious accident just days before the show, Peter was tasked with filling the open spot.

“I called like thirty announcers, and it was a busy time of year and everybody was somewhere,” Peter said. “I went to her the day before and she just sort of looked at me and said, ‘Good luck.’ She said, ‘You were raised in the horse business; you’ve been to a million horse shows. You’re relatively quick witted; you’ll figure it out.’”

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  • Written by jennifer w maclean
  • Category: Learn

How The Flat Walk Is Vital, But Not Everything

The flat walk is an often challenging and sometimes hated part of horse showing. For horses as energetic and eager as American Saddlebreds, this leisurely gait can seem painfully slow and intensely boring, yet it remains a vital part of the class specifications for the pleasure division.

From horses that jig instead of walking, to riders that employ evasive techniques, everyone seems to be trying to avoid it. But the flat walk should not be dreaded but celebrated – and its importance recognized, but not exaggerated.

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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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