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.


July 13, 2020 | 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.
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.
October 23, 2018 | Showing , Horsemanship
AQHA Professional Horseman Bob Avila breaks down the sequence of training a proper lead change.