Ride This Horsemanship Pattern

Break this horsemanship pattern into parts to make it easier to ride; AQHA Professional Horsewoman Jill Newcomb shows you how.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

The trick to making a horsemanship pattern correct is breaking it down into pieces so you can see what you already know and make a plan to ride it, says AQHA Professional Horsewoman Jill Newcomb. (Credit: Journal)

When exhibitors look at patterns, sometimes they can become overwhelmed by the length of those patterns and think they can’t perform them.

But I think any exhibitor can perform any pattern in any class. Every pattern you see should be made up of pieces that you already know as part of your normal routine.

In horsemanship patterns, you’ll see the basics of walk-jog-lope. You’ll see turns, both rounded and square. You’ll see backing and all the other maneuvers that you practice every day.

The trick to making a horsemanship pattern correct is breaking it down into pieces so you can see what you already know and make a plan to ride it.

The horsemanship pattern I’m analyzing in this article was the youth, amateur and Select horsemanship pattern at the 2014 Sun and Surf Circuit in Del Mar, California. The pattern was created by HorseShowPatterns.com, and my demonstration rider is Megan Hawkins of Ocala, Florida. You can watch Megan ride the full pattern in the digital version of the Journal.

So let’s get started by dividing the pattern into three parts. This month, you can practice each part for a week separately, then put all three parts together at the end of the month. 

Continue reading this article in the March American Quarter Horse Journal.

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"Ride the Pattern: Horsemanship" in the March 2015 American Quarter Horse Journal