By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalNovember 6, 2013
Be sure to follow The American Quarter Horse Journal’s coverage from the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show at www.aqha.com/worldshow. (Journal photo)
Your fingers clutch the golden bars that encase the iconic, glowing horse. Can you feel the heft of the metal and wood in your hand? Your heart is bursting, coursing with the emotions of triumph and accomplishment, and above all, an untold partnership with your horse.
When I was 10, I wanted nothing more in the world than to win an AQHA world championship. It was a dream that never left me; at least not until I was 17 and had finally achieved that goal.
But back when I was swooning over that world-championship fantasy, someone sat me down and dispelled any notions that I would wake up one morning world-champion material. No, she reminded me, a pinnacle achievement such as that came only after you’ve climbed the ladder of setting, making and achieving realistic goals.
Sure, she told me that winning one of AQHA’s highest honors would require blood, sweat and tears. But she was adamant that world-level success was attainable when you scratched off goal after goal. And I took her at her word. A two-time amateur world champion, my grandmother, Bonnie Christiansen, knows a thing or two about setting your sights high, and rising to those heights.
With the AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City just days away, it begs the question, what does it take to see success at that level? The success you’ve seen thus far, friend, is just a taste of what’s on the horizon for you and your American Quarter Horse.
So while you’ve got your eye on the world show prize, try these 10 horse-showing tips from America’s Horse Daily, your premier educational resource for all of your horse-related interests and activities.
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Be sure to follow The American Quarter Horse Journal’s coverage from the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show at www.aqha.com/worldshow, including slideshows from the event and exclusive interviews with the newly crowned world champions.
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