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10 Habits of Horse-Show Winners

An amateur watches from the sidelines and makes a few mental notes and observations about the show habits of winners.

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By Becky Newell | The American Quarter Horse Journal


What makes a winner stand out? What is it that winners do that puts them head and shoulders above the rest of the exhibitors in the show pen?

Amateur exhibitor and Journal contributor Emily Jo Starkey Peak attended the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show not to compete, but to watch and learn. At the 2013 World Show, Emily showed Islehava Mocha Latte, aka “The Roanie Pony,” in ranch riding (formerly ranch horse pleasure) and made it to the finals. Even though the duo qualified in ranch riding and performance halter geldings for the 2014 World Show, Emily decided to do something different. She hooked herself up with a job at the show and turned her 2014 World Show experience into an educational excursion.

Emily manned a booth for Mustang Productions, the company that filmed the classes at the World Show and then sold the videos. The “never-met-a-stranger” Emily visited with all of the exhibitors who came by to watch their runs and purchase their videos.

"I got to meet some of my all-time heroes – Charlie Cole, Craig Johnson, Don Murphy, Bob Avila, Fred Whitfield, Carol Metcalf and Amy Lund to name just a few! Hung out with some that I’m lucky to already call friends – Mozaun McKibben, Dick Pieper, Kaleena Weakly, Rhonda Replogle," Emily says. "And some of the up-and-coming stars – Lincoln Figueiredo, who was the reserve all-around amateur, Chad Evans and Dave Moore."

More than that, Emily observed their habits and, of course, she asked them questions.

Continue reading this article in the March American Quarter Horse Journal for Emily's take-aways from the 2014 AQHA World Show.

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