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Pattern Focus – Developing Mental Preparedness by Tina Langness

Tina Langness is a world champion rider and coach of APHA, PtHA, ApHC, and NSBA horses and exhibitors.  I discovered her through researching my last blog on WSCA Horse Show Judging.  She was kind enough to share with me this article that she wrote and I will share it with you. You are in the warm-up pen prior to your equitation pattern.  You’re feeling confident about your pattern as you’ve studied the maneuvers and practiced.  Your horse is feeling relaxed and focused. You hear the first call for your class and other competitors begin entering the arena and begin to line up.  You take...

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Judging WSCA Shows

The 2013 WSCA Championship Horse Show starts today and after recently attending a few WSCA  shows I became curious to learn how they are judged.  While there are many judges I contacted Tina Langness, APHA Professional Horseman (www.tinalangness.com) and she was very informative and she shared the following information with me. Depending on how the WSCA show bill is worded it must be judged accordingly.  WSCA has three classifications for the English classes: Open English Pleasure, English Hunt Seat Pleasure and English Saddle Seat.  And it also has three classifications for Western classes:...

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Getting the Most from Lessons and Clinics

Over the years I have have taken many lessons and attended a few clinics and each one has been beneficial.  To get the most out of these of these one needs to be open minded, listen very carefully to what is being explained and ask clarifying questions to understand what the instructor is asking them to accomplish.  It is especially important in a group setting to listen and ask pertinent questions as not to be disruptive to the other students. Usually there is so much valuable information being shared with you that it is almost impossible to retain it all.  Having a lesson buddy that can take...

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Welcome Sasse!

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Friesians is proud to announce the birth of Sasse Von Z who was born 8/21/13 and is a miracle baby as she was born a month early.  She was strong and a fighter and is doing very well in spite of the recent heat wave. "Her sire is Zorro and dam is Seade Von Borstow. Zorro is a Sport Predicated FEI Dressage Stallion and Seade is the daughter of Femke who was one of the highest scoring mares in history at her keuring to become a Star," Price said. “A judging (keuring, in Dutch) is an evaluation of horses here in North America, by officials from the Netherlands.  Once...

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