Western Pleasure

One of the most popular AQHA show events is western pleasure. Contestants compete simultaneously, traveling the perimeter of the arena, and at the discretion of the judge, are asked to walk, jog, lope and reverse the direction of the horse. Horses are evaluated on quality of movement while staying quiet and calm, traveling on a loose rein.

March 16, 2020 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
The quest for gold took Iowa breeders Dick and Debra Donnelly from cutting through western pleasure and into halter.
March 12, 2020 | News and Publications , Stallion Care
The orphaned foal became the first AQHA Supreme Champion, the most prestigious title a horse can earn and a tribute to American Quarter Horse versatility.
November 17, 2019 | Showing , Awards and recognition
Snap It Send It wins the second Pleasure Versatility Challenge, presented by Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses, at the 2019 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship
November 01, 2019 | News and Publications , Western
AQHA Professional Horseman and $1 million trainer Gil Galyean says careful training will teach a young horse self-carriage for western pleasure and beyond.
May 01, 2018 | Showing , The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum
This performance sire was a three-time world champion halter horse.