Western Riding

Judges the abilities of the American Quarter Horse to change leads precisely, easily and simultaneously, using both hind and front legs. Following one of four patterns consisting of a log and a series of pylons, the horse and rider must change gaits – from a walk to a jog or a lope – throughout the course. Reward is given to the horse that changes fluidly and precisely between the middle of the pylons within the pattern.


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.
December 02, 2020 | Showing , Training
Self-carriage balances a horse's hindquarters and creates a light forehand and soft pole. Train your horse for proper self-carriage with these exercises.
April 06, 2020 | News and Publications , Showmanship
Create your own custom western clothes by adding your own bling.
March 10, 2020 | News and Publications , AQHA corporate partners
Before you mount, make sure what you are wearing is appropriate for horseback riding.
July 02, 2019 | Trail Riding , Get Started with Horses
Incorporate this girth-safety program into your pre-horseback riding routine.