Riding in Reno

Opportunity knocked for learning, big prizes and fun at the 2009 Region Seven Championship.

Showmanship – that’s the only reason Bob Fischer, a building contractor from Kelseyville, California, went to the 2009 Region Seven Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Specifically, he went for the clinic given by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Jennifer Thompson. Bob got hooked on horses through daughter Kimberly’s involvement in 4-H and bought One Smooth Mister for fun. And now he has found himself really enjoying showmanship. He watched Jennifer’s entire two-hour clinic, asking questions and taking notes.

“I’ve got some new tips to try,” he said, with a smile. He knows now that he has been showing with too many links in his shank, and he has a better idea of how to get a straight back up.

And that’s what the Regional Championships are all about – giving people chances to try new things and opportunities to learn.

Showmanship is one of the most popular classes at AQHA shows.  The Showmanship at Halter DVD will give you the knowledge and tools you need to be a top-notch competitor.

Although it rained almost every afternoon – strange for Reno – the Reno Livestock Events Center had enough covered arenas to keep the show rolling.

“I am thrilled with this show,” said Region Seven Committee Chairwoman Carol Whitaker. “I have seen it from the first. The neatest thing that we do at (Regional Championships) is the awards, and the way we present something to everyone who places. This is the first big show for a lot of these people.”

As for Bob, his clinic time paid off. He showed One Smooth Mister immediately after the event and won his first showmanship class.

“He calmly walked into the show arena, stopped perfectly, backed the required five steps as if he was counting them off himself,” Bob wrote in an e-mail. “His pivot has never been so smooth. The judge even commented on it when we were stopped for her inspection. I was real proud of him.”

Roll It!

Team Wrangler Judges give a review on how they judge various events. Featuring Mark Wray and Jim Watts.

This year’s Region Seven Championship is August 13-15 in Salina, Utah. Are you going? You can make more plans by visiting

If you’re not in Region Seven, you can learn more about your Regional Championship by going to Click on Regional Championships in the dropdown link under “Shows and Events.”

Don’t forget that you must be a member of your affiliate to compete in your Regional Championship this year. Memberships can be purchased at the shows.

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The Showmanship at Halter DVD is a must have for the youth, novice, amateur and open competitor. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just want to try out the most popular class, this DVD has something for you!