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Nutrena Ride the Pattern Clinics Begin the Show

The 2019 Adequan® Select World Championship Show begins with education on horsemanship and showmanship.

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By Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal

The 2019 Adequan® Select World Championship Show started off August 26 with two Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics – showmanship and horsemanship.

In the showmanship clinic, AQHA Professional Horsewoman Tami McAllister pointed out features of the Watt Arena, where the showmanship preliminaries will take place, while Mandy Gately demonstrated the pattern.

The inspection judge will line up with the “S” on the Sundowner Trailers banner, Tami said. A trot in an arc begins the pattern, she said, and exhibitors should take care not to run their arc past the inspection judge.

AQHA Professional Horseman Terry Cross led the horsemanship clinic, pointing out that the start cone will be 9 feet from the rail. The horsemanship judges will be in the stands, he said, so throughout the pattern, exhibitors should stay far enough away from the rail that the judges can see the whole horse.

In other advice, he said simple lead changes count the same as flying lead changes and during the extended lope portions of the pattern, exhibitors should choose their own best speed. Ultimately, Terry said, the judges want to see a balanced rider in control of the horse.

Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics, led by AQHA Professional Horsemen, are free to exhibitors. Donations are requested to aid the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Crisis Fund, and AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena matches the donations. As the buckets were passed, AQHA Professional Horsewoman Michelle Tidwell told the crowd that she had been diagnosed with cancer in spring. The financial assistance from the Crisis Fund helped her peace of mind, she said.

A Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinic in trail is set for August 27 in the Watt Arena with AQHA Professional Horsewoman Patty Campbell.

Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics in hunt seat equitation and ranch riding are set for August 29 in the John Justin Arena with AQHA Professional Horsewoman Karen Graham and AQHA Professional Horseman Butch Campbell