August 3, 2012
By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Charlie Cole gave tips on western riding Pattern 2 during the Nutrena Ride the Rail/Ride the Pattern clinic Thursday, August 2 in Barn 8.
Folks got the inside scoop at the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show's first AQHA Town Hall Meeting and Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinic.
What are the AQHA stewards watching for? Where should you start for the 2012 horsemanship prelim pattern? What’s a great way to stay on pace with your lead changes down the line in western riding Pattern II ?
Folks learned the answers to those questions and more August 2 in Barn 8.
If you missed the first one, the next Town Hall Meeting is at 8 p.m. August 4 in Barn 8.
The first meeting gave exhibitors, parents and trainers a chance to ask questions of Alex Ross, AQHA senior director of judges; Ward Stutz, AQHA senior director of breed integrity, animal welfare and education; and Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity; as well as three AQHA stewards.
Then AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Charlie Cole of Pilot Point, Texas, stepped into the arena for the first Nutrena Ride the Rail/Ride the Pattern clinic of the show on western riding Pattern II, the pattern for the August 3 prelims. (There are eight total – check the schedule for the rest!) Wouldn’t you want to get a multiple-world champion’s insight on how to ride your prelims pattern?
Here are five things you probably didn’t know, but do now if you were there. The next AQHA Town Hall Meeting is August 4, right before the western pleasure Nutrena Ride the Rail clinic with AQHA Professional Horseman Adam Wainscott.
- For the first time at the AQHA world shows, showmanship, hunt seat equitation and horsemanship will be scored 1-100.
- Judges go through a review and study before judging each world show class, and it often includes watching a “Showing to Win” DVD.
- Look for the blue duct tape line on the Norick Arena wall – it marks the spot for where the ring crew sets up the start and end cones in pattern classes.
- To stay on pace with your lead changes down the line of cones in western riding, count your lope strides starting with “1” as your horse's neck passes a cone, then “2-3-change,” and start your count over again at the next cone with 1.
- It takes three or more judges calling a horse lame for a horse to be excused from a class.
The next Ride the Rail/Ride the Pattern clinics are:
7 p.m. August 4 -- Showmanship -- AQHA Professional Horseman Ryan Cottingim
8 p.m. August 4 following the Town Hall Meeting -- Western Pleasure -- AQHA Professional Horseman Adam Wainscott
6 p.m. August 6 -- Hunt Seat Equitation -- AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer
8 p.m. August 7 -- Hunter Under Saddle -- AQHA Professional Horseman Jerry Erickson
7 p.m. August 9 -- Working Cow Horse -- Don Murphy and Sam Rose