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.

March 04, 2020 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Daniel Carlson and 'Emily' had a relationship that took them to the heights in trail and other classes.
January 10, 2020 | Showing , Horsemanship
Stay safe in the saddle or set yourself up at home for a winning horsemanship run at the show with this breakdown of horsemanship position.
December 23, 2019 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Take advice from top AQHA Professional Horsemen as they share ways to prepare for World Show patterns.
December 20, 2019 | News and Publications , Western Dressage
Riding squares is one of five basic exercises that will help you communicate with your horse no matter what discipline you ride.
December 16, 2019 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Dispel your nerves and prepare to ace patterns, including showmanship, horsemanship and hunt seat equitation, with these tips.

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AQHA Pro Horsemen's Competitive Edge: Horsemanship