Horsemanship

Designed to test the horsemanship abilities of youth and amateur riders using western tack. Divided into two sections, riders first follow a prescribed pattern of maneuvers at a walk, trot or lope. Finalists ride as a group around the perimeter of the arena. Judging focuses on the rider’s body position, seat in the saddle and ability to control the horse.

December 15, 2020 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
These riding lessons are both temporary and permanent for those who want to be horsemen, not just riders.
November 12, 2020 | Showing , Horsemanship
Develop a secure seat, strong legs and incredible rhythm with these equestrian exercises.
July 16, 2020 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
These simple horseback-riding exercises are guaranteed to make you stronger and more balanced in the saddle.
July 13, 2020 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
A study found the most common cause of discomfort in horses competing in rail, pattern and reining events. Here are the results.
March 30, 2020 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Building stamina, walking the pattern, reading the questions and drilling maneuvers are four ways to prepare for pattern classes.

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AQHA Pro Horsemen's Competitive Edge: Horsemanship