August 27, 2013
By Journal StaffThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Jill Newcomb of San Marcos, California, teaches the Nutrena Ride the Pattern showmanship clinic, featured the evening before the showmanship prelims at the 2013 Adequan Select World. (Journal photo)
AQHA Professional Horsemen teach free Ride the Rail/Ride the Pattern clinics sponsored by Nutrena at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. At the free clinics, AQHA Professional Horsemen demonstrate how exactly they would approach the class or pattern. Spectators have the chance to monitor and attend these demonstrations.
The Journal staff is attending each clinic and will post some of the clinicians' talking points here.
AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Leslie Lange of Greeley, Colorado, walked through the horsemanship pattern with exhibitors August 27 during her Ride the Pattern clinic, with AQHA Professional Horseman Deanna Searles of Scottsdale, Arizona demonstrating.
Leslie's main points:
AQHA Professional Horseman Jill Newcomb offered insight for Tuesday’s showmanship preliminary pattern, which featured a walk, stop, presentation of the horse, trot, plus a trot-corner, then a break to the walk, followed by a stop, three-quarter turn and set-up for inspection. The final steps were backing two horse lengths, a quarter turn, then a walk or trot to exit the arena.
This is what the San Marcos, California, trainer and AQHA judge had to say at the Nutrena Ride the Pattern showmanship clinic:
The showmanship prelims were Tuesday morning and the finals will be featured Thursday afternoon.
AQHA Professional Horseman Charlie Cole walked exhibitors through Tim "The Trail Man" Kimura's trail course at the Adequan Select World. Here are some of his talking points:
The Adequan Select World trail preliminaries are Monday, August 26, at 8 a.m. The finals in trail are Thursday, August 29, at 8 a.m.