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Showmanship at Halter

The AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) describes its purpose as “designed to evaluate the exhibitor's ability to execute, in concert with a well-groomed and conditioned horse, a set of manoeuvres [moves] prescribed by the judge with precision and smoothness while exhibiting poise and confidence, and maintaining a balanced, functional and fundamentally correct body position.” Quite a tall order! Be Dazzling Showmanship at halter is judged not only on how well you and your horse perform the prescribed patterns, but also on your appearance as a team. Katie Turner of Deep River, ON, a frequent competitor in this class, says, “The judge is watching you show off your horse. The rider should be wearing a cowboy hat, shirt, pants, and boots, and of course his or her number. Since this has become a very competitive class, some competitors are now choosing to wear outfits that match their horses and have lots of…

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