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post #1 of 7 Old 04-27-2010, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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AQHA Showmanship ?!

Hi! I am planning to show my gelding in some AQHA shows this summer, i am just wondering what is standard for these showmanship class's ? All i have ever done showmanship with is our Percherons, so i fear i may be out of the loop here!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-27-2010, 06:13 PM
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Ooo...I hope you make the jump. Check out Youtube. Just search AQHA showmanship and plenty of vids will come up. At smaller, local level shows I've seen as casual as buttton up shirts. At the bigger circuits it's more formal attire. But no matter where you show everyone's really polished. By that I mean solid pivots, set ups and backs.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 08:41 PM
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Can you tell me if the smaller size horses, say 14.2 hands do ok in these type shows and western pleasure or do you need something say 14 hands or above?
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-29-2010, 10:33 AM
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Actually, I've seen lots of smaller horses on the circuit. You'd fit right in. Go, go, go. :)

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I'm hoping to do so (also), will have a 2009 and a 2010 baby ready to show this summer. I'm practicing with my great dane at night, though he is only 10 hands high!

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-13-2010, 03:08 PM
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All I can say is "Practice, practice, practice!" I'm tuning up my appy to start showing him again, and for showmanship, any time I lead him, I ask him to set up at least once or twice. Getting your horse to set up quickly will be a big advantage. The pivots and backs are also important, as PBritton pointed out. Other points to consider (depending on your level of experience):
1. Straight lines. It really helps if you make sure you lead your horse exactly where you want him to go.
2. Patterns. When presented with a showmanship pattern, pay attention to which side of the cones you're supposed to be on. If you have to pivot at a cone, make sure you leave enough room that you don't step on one or knock it over. If a pattern specifies a number of steps to back, make sure you do that, too.
3. Pivots. When a pattern calls for a pivot, make sure you finish it. By that, I mean, if you're supposed to do a 180, make sure you pivot the full 180, not 175 and then walk into line.
4. Backs. Back that horse up straight.
5. Stops. Make your horse stop straight, and not too close to the judge. AT LEAST an arm's length away.
6. Quartering. I especially practice this when I'm training a new horse for showmanship, because I've had some that like to move when you do. It's important for him to be able to stand still and attentive while you move around him.
7. Grooming. He should be clean and shiny. His head should be clipped, as well as his legs. His feet should be the proper length and well balance, and they should be polished. Tails should be clean and "fluffed", you know, no tangles or strings. Short manes should be banded. If, for some reason, you wish to keep the mane long, make sure it is clean and well brushed, but for any of the regional shows or higher, it's a good idea to shorten and band it.
8. Your Attire. It should be clean and fit well, regardless of what you wear. Boots, buckles, and belts should be polished. Hats should be cleaned and shaped at the beginning of the show season and as needed throughout.
9. You. Your posture should be erect, your movements crisp (but not jerky). You should always know where the judge is, and look like you're having fun.

These are mostly things I've learned through doing it wrong, at least once. I'm sure I could write a lot more on this subject, but I think I'll let your eyes have a rest, LOL.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-07-2010, 05:59 PM
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I'd have to say most of the show community is very friendly. We welcome newcomers and enjoy getting to know you! Pretty much who ever you stall next to will usually become a friend. Just startout at a level you are comfortable with and go from there. Some shows (like the regional experiences) offer clinics too. And you compete for fun prizes without the pressure of fighting for points.

I've shown the showmanship in breeds from arabs, to TWH, to the Quarters. AQHA is about as hard as it gets, but don't be discouraged! Just polish up on precision and check out the youtube vids for practice pattern ideas! Good luck!
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