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.
May 30, 2022 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Find your landmarks in a confusing sea of patterns.
March 30, 2022 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Dispel your nerves and prepare to ace patterns, including showmanship, horsemanship and hunt seat equitation, with these tips.
October 27, 2021 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Improve your horse show pattern-class performance with these tips.
June 02, 2021 | News and Publications , Western Dressage
There’s a lot of horse training involved in getting a good simple lead change.
May 23, 2021 | 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.
AQHA offers a wide array of premium and free e-books.
Premium e-books are free to AQHA members. (Join or log in to access!) With free e-books, provide your email address, then download the free e-book.