Canadian Youth World Cup Riders

Photo by Jenn Webster.

The United States will be the host country for the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held at Bryan College Station, Bryan, Texas from July 2-15, 2014. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years.

The CQHA Youth World up Committee is pleased to announce that it has selected 10 qualified youth participants from applications received from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2014.

Competing riders are:

Shayley Beaton

Shayley Beaton, 17, from High River, Alberta joins Team Canada and brings with her a vast amount of horse show experience. Shayley competes nationally and throughout the US at top level shows and has earned many circuit awards at these shows. She has been an All American Quarter Horse Congress finalist in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation and has also been a member for the Alberta NYATT team. Shayley’s other accomplishments include qualifying nationally for the AQHYA world show, qualifying for and having a top ten placing at the Novice Championship Show (West) and earning National Championship titles in Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Halter, Showmanship and Western Pleasure.

Shayley’s life is pretty much dedicated to horses. When not in the show pen or starting young horses, she enjoys the opportunity to ride a variety of other equine disciplines including Reining, Cutting, Heading and Healing, Jumping and Cross Country Eventing. When not riding a horse, Shayley enjoys playing rugby for her school or volunteering in her community. Most noteworthy is that Shayley’s home community was destroyed by the June flood. High River had mandatory evacuations and Shayley spent her time giving back to the community by volunteering with Mission Impossible, a home-town flood relief organization.Shayley looks forward to bring her vast show experience and her passion for the sport to Texas with Team Canada in 2014.

Quinn Brandt

Team Canada welcomes back rider Quinn Brandt. Quinn, 16, is from Steinbach, Manitoba. She rode for Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany. As an all-around rider, Quinn competed and placed in Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Trail. Her dedication to her team, her sportsmanship and of course, her riding experience and show record earned her a place on the 2014 team.

Quinn has been riding since she was five years old. Since her first riding experience, Quinn fell in love with the horse world and began her show career. She has had the opportunity to train with numerous trainers and show numerous horses in the Quarter Horse circuit as well as at futurities. Her success in the show ring has been rewarded with many circuit and year-end high point awards both in Canada and the United States, two 2-year-old futurity championships and top ten Novice Champion Show (west) in 2012. Quinn has also earned multiple Canadian National Championships and Reserve Championships.

In her little bit of spare time, Quinn is very involved in school sports. She plays volleyball, basketball, badminton and has participated in track and field. Quinn can also be found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored volunteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events sponsored by her church, Quinn is excited to bring her enthusiasm, her experience and her dedication back to Team Canada 2014.

Jenna Salmon

Jenna Salmon, 16, is excited to be representing Canada as a rider for the 2014 Youth World Cup. Born and raised in Lacombe, Alberta, Jenna has had the fortune of riding horses most of her life. She has been involved with horses for as long as she can remember. She grew up riding her father’s horses and got her own first horse when she was nine years old. It was then she began taking lessons and showing at the Central Alberta open show circuits. It wasn’t long before she began showing the Quarter Horse circuits in Alberta and was soon traveling to the larger circuits throughout the US. In 2011, Jenna made the trip to the All American Quarter Horse Congress and ended being a finalist in Showmanship and was able to capture the elusive title of Congress Champion in Western Pleasure. Jenna has also accumulated many circuit championships throughout Canada and the United States.

When not showing, Jenna keeps herself busy playing ringette, being an Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association board member and with her photography hobby.Jenna’s experience and success with showing at many of the top ten shows in the US and with showing many different horses has prepared Jenna to be a strong competitor for Team Canada 2014.

Madison Steed, 17, is from Cochrane, Alberta. She has been involved in the sport of reining for the past eight years and has built a most commendable show record. She has shown many different horses at a very high level of competition. Madison has shown successfully throughout Western Canada and has qualified and shown multiple times at the North American Affiliate Championships in Oklahoma, most recently being in 2012 where she earned the title of Youth 14-18 champion and top ten placings in the Non-Pro classes. After qualifying yet again, Sarah is heading back to Oklahoma in November to compete once again and try to reclaim her championship title.

Madison also had the opportunity to show at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in Kentucky this past summer. There she participated as a member of Team Canada and proudly wore the gold medal two times at the competition, once for her individual event and one for her team event.

When Madison is not in the Reining pen, she is busy volunteering at the barn she trains at or out playing volleyball. You may also catch her taking a Cutting or a Dressage lesson. Madison is looking forward to bringing her experience and her strong work ethic to Team Canada 2014.

Haley Stradling

Haley Stradling, 16, from Aldergrove, British Columbia, is thrilled to be returning to Team Canada for 2014. Haley was a rider for Team Canada in 2012 in Kreuth, Germany. On the first night of the Youth World Cup 2012, Haley had a great ride on the cutting horse she was given and soon found herself center-ring, with coach Della Cryderman, as the Canadian national anthem was played in honour of being placed first under both judges. What an opening night for Haley and for Team Canada!

Haley has been riding both English and Western all of her life. She is a versatile rider competing in Cutting and in the Hunter/Jumper rings. Haley has won many awards both in the Hunter/Jumper events and the Cutting ring. After becoming two times AQHA Youth World Cup Champion in Kreuth, Haley went on to become the BC Ranch Cutting $2000 Limited Rider Reserve Champion and the British Columbia Cutting Horse Association Aggregate $2000 Limited Rider Champion. She continued with, and surpassed these accomplishments in 2013. In the jumping world, Haley impressed many with top placings in all of her completions including The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. She is presently preparing for the Maclay Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Kentucky and for the 2013 Royal Winter Fair. Haley’s outgoing personality, her dedication, her hard work and her goal oriented attitude has helped in meeting her number one equine goal: to be invited to be a member of Team Canada 2014.

 Alternate riders are:

Sarah Dow

Sarah Dow, 18, lives in Brownsville, Ontario. She has been riding American Quarter Horses since she was six years old. She has successfully shown and accumulated points in the all-around events in Quarter Horse circuits in Ontario and throughout the states. Sarah has shown her three horses over the past couple of years and is now focusing on showing her horse, Gentlemens Club.

When Sarah is not showing, she spends her time volunteering for a variety of organizations including the Key Club (Glendale High School), being a past president and director for the Oxford Trail Riders and being a past director at large for the OQHA (youth). Sarah also enjoys being involved in her high school band and music council. Sarah looks forward to bringing her skills and her enthusiasm to the team in 2014.

Hannah Buijs

Hannah Buijs, 13, comes from Lisle, Ontario. She has been showing her Quarter Horse, Lopin To The Bar, for the last four years. Hannah has been very successful in the show pen earning points in Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Hunter Under Saddle. Hannah is a very motivated and competitive rider.

When not spending time with her horses, Hannah enjoys volunteering at her school in various capacities including lunch and bus helper, being a reader for a child with learning disabilities and at the school’s learning centre for children with disabilities. Hannah also gives her time as an Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Director. Hannah is looking forward to bring her enthusiasm, her charisma and her skills to Texas as an alternate rider for Team Canada.

Youth Leadership members are:

Laura Berensci

Laura Berensci, 16, who is from Paris, Ontario,returns to Team Canada as a leader for 2014. In 2012, Laura traveled to Kreuth, Germany with the team as a leader and her dedication to the team, hard work and outstanding leadership skills earned her spot on the 2014 team.

Laura has been riding since she was eight-years-old. She began showing with the Ancaster Saddle Club and then moved in to showing AHQA four years ago. Although focusing on her favorite English hunt seat classes with her present horse, Laura does not disappoint when stepping in to the Western performance classes.

Laura easily keeps herself busy inside and outside of the show ring. When not showing, she is quick to lend a helping hand to fellow exhibitors and often finds herself with a manure fork in hand. When not at the show or in the barn, Laura is busy with her rugby team, working towards getting her private pilot’s license, working at the Pita Pit or fulfilling her duties at the Admiral Nelles Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps. Laura is looking forward to bringing her experience and joining her teammates in Texas in 2014.

Paige McNally

Paige McNally, 16, lives in Fort Frances, Ontario. She has been showing Quarter Horses since 2008 in the all-around events. Paige has earned many circuit and year end championship and reserve championships awards, AQHA all-around and runner up awards and has most recently earned herself the title of AQHA Youth Champion on her horse, Solo Commodity. Paige enjoys riding just about any horse she can swing her leg over, two-year-olds to 20-year-olds.

Paige enjoys spending all of her time at the barn but also enjoys being a member of her high school band, helping coach for the Learn To Skate Program, working as a ring steward for open shows and volunteering at the local veterinary clinic. Paige is looking forward to putting her hard work to use in 2014 with Team Canada.

Sharese Rivait

Team Canada would like to welcome Sharese Rivait, 14, who hails from Orillia, Ontario. When not training and showing in Texas and other states, Sharese spends time showing with her family in the Eastern Ontario area. Sharese shows all-around events and her work has been recognized with numerous awards including being a four-times world show qualifier, earning her superiors in Trail and Western Horsemanship and becoming an AQHA youth champion. She has been a member of the Eastern Ontario Quarter Horse Association NYATT team in 2011 riding in the Western Horsemanship class (ending up being a finalist).

When not riding, Sharese is busy volunteering for the Ontario Quarter Horse Association as a director and with fundraisers. She also volunteers for her school and for various local organizations and events. Sharese is looking forward to sharing her passion for sport of horse-showing as she represents her country in 2014.

Team Canada’s coach and manager are:

Della Cryderman

Team Canada Coach Della Cryderman has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations that she coaches show American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman’s daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years.

Karen Westerback

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters.

CQHA is very pleased and fortunate to be able to benefit from the previous AQHA Youth World Cup experience of Della Cryderman and Karen Westerback, as they were Team Canada’s coach and manager, respectively in 2008 and  2012.

NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

The million dollar sire, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Photo by Cam Essick.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the newest member to its Million Dollar Sire line up, Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve). Einstein is the 26th stallion to become an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, putting him alongside the likes of Smart Spook, Gunner, Nu Chex To Cash and many other greats.

Sired by Great Red Pine, out of Cow Patty (AQHA Silversnow Pinestep) by Greyhound Step, the 1997 AQHA stallion was bred by Randy Hamilton, owned by Bridgette Lanham. During his successful show career, he accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $139,000.

Highlights of his show career include:

2000 NRHA Futurity Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay

2001 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Tim McQuay

2002 NRBC Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

2002 NRHA Derby Open finalist ridden by Duane Latimer

His top earning offspring include:

Einsteins Revolution (out of Fly Flashy Jac): $352,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Wagner & Vandorp; 2005 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open finalist and NRHA Futurity Open finalist; 2006 NRBC Open Champion and NRHA Derby finalist; 2007 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, Intermediate Open Champion and NRHA Derby Open Intermediate Reserve Champion. Einsteins Revolution was the first horse to go over the $300,000 NRHA earnings mark.

Great Sun Burst (out of Docs Sun Burst): $342,300 NRHA LTE, owned by 23 Quarter Horses; 2006 NRHA Futurity Open finalist; 2008 NRBC Open finalist and NRHA Derby Open finalist; 2009 NRBC Level 4 (L4) Open finalist and NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist; 2010 and 2011 NRHA Open World Champion; 2012 NRHA Non Pro World Champion.

Kaystein (out of Kays Freckles): $81,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Susa Sauer; 2009 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist; 2010 NRHA European Futurity L4 Open Champion and Americana NRHA Open finalist.

Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta has much to be proud of! Over 2,800 entries swarmed Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, this week for the Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals & Goldrush Futurities.

This year’s Canadian National Show held a very special futurity class – The non-pro Western Pleasure futurity was dedicated in memory of Shannon Burwash, a very special lady who was an integral part of the fabric of the QHAA for the past 40 years.

Shannon’s favourite class was western pleasure. To honour this amazing horsewoman, the QHAA executive invited all amateurs and youth to ride in the last class of the day on August 23, to celebrate the shared passion and love of the American Quarter Horse. As Shannon was adored by many, the class saw a big turnout with 17 horses entered. Congratulations goes to futurity champions Angela Cawsey and She Loves To Rock, as well as Reserve Champions Jenna Salmon and My Bow Tie Affair. The trophies were emotionally presented by Mr. Wayne Burwash and his granddaughter. All competitors received bling bracelets from Good Ride and a tube of Shannon’s favourite colour of lipstick in tribute.

I had a chance to stop by the show grounds this week and with the help of my trusty comrades, Emma Jekabson and Nancy Pratch, was able to snap a few shots behind-the-scenes.

We love Nationals.

Everything is shinier.

And the horses are turned out to perfection.

Plus, in a day and age where we have become very “discipline specific” in some cases, the Nationals is a chance to admire some of the other great events and equine athletes. It’s also a chance catch up with old friends or folks you may not have seen in a while.

Of course, I mustn’t forget about the stall decorations…! At the Nationals, riders go all out when it comes to decorating their stall space. This year, the kidlets and I even delighted in popcorn and slurpees from Silver Line Farms (thanks Lisa Schiestel!)

If you’re in the Red Deer, Alberta, area this weekend, be sure to check out the happenings at the Nationals at Westerner Park. Entrants have come from the United States, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The numbers are still tallying but so far, it’s looking to be a record turnout year!

Canadians Elected to AQHA Board

Arizona Western Go-Sees

By far one of the most prominent horse events in February is the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo, beginning February 14 and running through to February 24. It’s held at the beautiful WestWorld facility and whether Arabians are your breed of choice or not, this show is a must-see if you’re in the area.

This year, the 58th edition of the show will host more than 640 colorful classes, which will collectively pay out over $1 million dollars in prizes. Check back to my post in 2011 for a few photos and words about the show. From the tradeshow, to the stall fronts, to the many classes, It truly is an amazing show.

One of the highlights of the show and a significant draw for western riders is the lucrative reining division. Watch for a Canadian representation in the Reining Futurity Classic, which offers a full and part-bred division and pays out $150,000. In addition there is a Non-Pro Derby and a Limited Futurity division.


Currently ongoing and through to Feb. 3 is the Arizona Sun Circuit, a fantastic Quarter Horse circuit which we featured in our Getaways section of the Jan/Feb issue of the magazine, and I believe a number of Canadians are competing at as well. There’s a number of excellent free clinics over the course of this show, definitely worth the entry gate admission.

Still in January, western lore aficionados can meander down to Mesa, Arizona and take in the massive High Noon Western Americana Collectors Weekend, Jan. 26-27. Covering all genres from antiques to cowboy chic, I’m guessing there will be interesting collections of both saddles and spurs, amongst other treasures.

Fan of horsemanship and cow sorting? Trainer Paul Dietz is hosting a horsemanship clinic Jan. 26 and a cow working clinic Jan. 27 at his Desert Hills facility. Team sorting practice is every Sunday afternoon.

Looking for something new to do with your horse for 2013. Western Dressage is taking off at Carefree Dressage in north Scottsdale.

Finally, we’ve been driving by these tents on our sojourns into Scottsdale. If you happened to miss Cavalia when it was in Canada, I imagine experiencing it in the desert would be equally magnificent. It’s running from now through to the end of Jan.


There’s a Blue Ribbon Horse Show Feb. 10 at the Arizona Horse Lovers Park. 

If you

haven’t experienced the town of Wickenburg, their annual Gold Rush Days, Feb. 8-10, might be a good time to take a drive there. The town celebrates it’s ranching and gold-mining heritage with a parade, rodeo, dance, arts and of course, a staple of Arizona’s Wild West – gunfighter’s shootouts.

If you are hankering for some desert riding, hook up with the Arizona Fox Trotter Gaited National Trail Ride, Feb. 28 to March 3. Held at the historic Boyd Ranch, near Wickenburg, this ranch is nestled in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. The trails are said to pass magnificent saguaro cactus’s and historic sites from the 1800s along the Hassayampa River. I don’t believe it is a full 5 day ride, but rather day rides with hitching rails for horses, and showers and restrooms for riders. Saturday features a dance., contact Clare Ross at (928) 925-6595 or [email protected]

Dunn’s Arena, at Litchfield Park is a roper’s and sorter’s paradise with weekly events in both sports, as well as barrel racing. Check out the link for a full calendar of events.

The Scottsdale Saddle Club, Arizona’s oldest and one of its most active saddle clubs, has a Western Show on Feb. 17, more details at the site.

Cowboy mounted shooting offers up a vibrant culture in Arizona. Head down to the Ed Hooper arena in Casa Grande on Feb. 25-26 for what’s headlined as “not your Gramma’s shoot!” –  The Gunfight in Arizona.

In Germany, I happened to have a chance to attend a medieval jousting festival. Held on ancient castle grounds, it was a completely unexpected and fascinating side trip, learning and experiencing this vibrant equine sub-culture, which exists surrounding the Middle Ages and the sport of jousting.

Arizona also has it’s own Renaissance Festival. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 9 to March 31, held near Apache Junction.

Finally, this year’s Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, Jan. 25-27, features a rich display of native American art, music and dance.

Results From The AQHA World Show

Lokota Chic

Photo by K C Montgomery Photographics

Lokota Chic, a 2004 AQHA reining stallion (Smart Chic OLena X Mizzen Topsail) of Bar K2 Ranch in Langley, BC,  has made his mark at the AQHA World Show in 2012. With a score of 213.5 the talented stud spun a AQHA World Show Intermediate Amateur Bronze title (missing the champion’s score by point five points) and was a Amateur Reining Top Ten Finalist. Here is an interview with owner and rider Gaylene Sawchuck, following her run for the metal in Oklahoma City.

Lokota’s trainer Randy Paul: What can I say about Randy, he taught me so much about the show pen, and the mental part of the game… ‘It’s just another show, go out and do what we practiced.’  He just keeps it really simple and makes it such a pleasure to show with.

What is this horse like to show?
Lokota is a dream to show and a unique horse in his character! Any mistakes that are made are typically mine. This horse is so intuitive and a joy to ride, he often is the guide. It is unique experience to see a horse perform as he does, being a amateur rider and just out of the Rookie Ring two years ago. Lokota is a plus half horse in every manoeuvre. Overall he is a great show horse with a lot of personality and character. My favorite manoeuvre that I personally love is circling him, he locks in so nice.

How many times has this horse shown at the worlds? 
This is the second time Lokota has been at the AQHA World Show. During our time at the World Show this year we showed him in the Amateur and The Sr. Reining divisions. Lokota made the finals in both divisions. In the Amateur division we placed Bronze and in the Intermediate we tied for third. We missed the World Champion by a mere .5 points.

I am been waiting and dreaming of this special day since I was 15 and being the only ‘Canadian’ competitor in these particular classes made it all more precious and rewarding for me!  So, I wish to say a Big Thank You to my partner, ‘Lokota Chic’ and Brian Knutson for believing in us enough to let me have Lokota to show for the last two years to achieve this goal.

How well has he showed this season?
This has been a remarkable year for Lokota Chic who was shown by Randy Paul, Trainer in the ‘Open’ and Gaylene Sawchuk in the ‘Amateur.’ Lokota showed and qualified for the World Show along with Cactus Reining Classic Res. Maturity Champion along with several other Non- Pro Wins.

Canadians Win Big at Ohio Congress

The All American Quarter Horse Congress is wrapped up for 2012. The show boasted a list of talented Canadian showmen and horses at the top of their game. From October 5th to 28th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, there were 19, 861 class entries (an 10.4 percent increase from 2011), with over 5,000 horses making their way into the show ring.

On the list of champions was Western Whistler. The talented two-year-old stallion took home the Limited Two-Year-Old Stallion and Amateur 2-Yr-Old Stallions Limited Division Reserve Champion titles. The young stud, by Western Gunslinger, owned by Zavaduk Quarter Horses near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was shown in the limited division by Scott MacKenzie, of Dugald, MB, and in the amateur division by Trevor Zavaduk.

“He showed like a dream.  A lot of the time you forget he is a two-year-old,” said MacKenzie. The trainer commented that the stud will go home after the AQHA World Show to breed some test mares over the winter.

Also on the list of Canadian winners was the stallion Good I Will Be, owned by Sandra Morgan Show Horses, of Langley, BC. The horse was recently purchased at the Rita Crundwell Sale September 24th, at Dixon IL, for $775,000.

There were a number of Canadian entries which made their way to Ohio and took home some prestigious titles. Here is a list of some great northern talent:

Limited Two-Year-Old Stallions Champion
Amateur 2-Yr-Old Stallions Limited Division Reserve Champion
Western Whistler, owned by Zavaduk Quarter Horses, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and shown in Amateur by Trevor Zavaduk

NSBA Maturity $10,000 Limited Horse Open Western Pleasure Stakes Champion 
Sudden Persuasion owned by April Wooster, shown by Laura McAllster

Amateur Select Horsemanship Champion
Zips Fancy Talk, owned and shown by Kim Allen, of Markdale, ON

Senior Western Riding Reserve Champion
Good I Will Be, owned by Sandra Morgan of Langley, BC and shown by Leonard Berryhill of Talala, OK

Novice Youth Trail 14 – 18 Champion
PF Shy Guy owned and shown by Carly Epp of Caledon, ON

Amateur Performance Halter Mares Limited Reserve Champion
Only Invite The Best owned by Dr Candice Hall and Dr Cory Seebach shown by Dr Cory Seebach, of Black Creek, BC

SBB Two-Year-Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stakes – Limited Final Reserve Champion
Ur Certainly Invited owned by Dr Cory Seebach and Dr Candice Hall, shown by Dr Candice Hall of Black Creek, BC

NSBA Novice Youth Western Riding 14-18 – 3rd
Novice Youth Western Riding 14 – 18 – 4th
Must Be A Detail owned and shown by Stephanie Willsey of Orillia, ON

AQHA Congress Dirty Sexy Money  Janet and Kent Martin

Novice Amateur Pleasure Driving  5th place winner, Too Hot To Duplicate, owned and shown by Lee Isaacson, Yorkton, SK. Photo by Jeff Kirkbride Photography.

Novice Amateur Pleasure Driving – 4th 
Amateur Pleasure Driving- 8th 
Dirty Sexy Money owned by Janet and Kent Martin, shown by Jennifer Martin – Moorefield, ON

Novice Amateur Pleasure Driving – 5th
Too Hot To Duplicate, owned and shown by Lee Isaacson, Yorkton, SK

Novice Youth Western Pleasure 14-18 – 7th
Youth Western Pleasure (15-18) – 10th
Radiantly Radical owned by Marlo Sandoval, shown by Josee Monvoisin, Gravelbourg, SK

NSBA Novice Amateur Western Pleasure – 8th
Novice Amateur Western Pleasure – 10th
All The Sudden, owned by Brent and Kate Bamford, shown by Kate Bamford of Calgary, AB

Amateur Select Horsemanship – 10th
My Precious Gab, owned by Dr Carole Joubert Gaboury, shown by Carole Joubert Dr Gaboury of Mascouche, QC

Performance Halter Mares-Limited – 11th
Let Good Times Roll, owned by Anne Banman and shown by Scott Mackenzie of  Dugald, MB

Gonna Get You Good Lisa Schiestel

Gonna Get You Good, owned and shown by Lisa Schiestel. Jeff Kirkbride Photography.

NSBA Open Western Longe Line– 14th
Gonna Get You Good, shown by Lisa Schiestel, of  Eckville, AB

These results are based on information provided to the Western Horse Review. 

Mark Sheridan, On Horsemanship

Mark Sheridan

Photo by Deanna Buschert

This article is part of Mark Sheridan’s lesson series, on the basics of horsemanship.


This article will be the final installment in the series of riding correct competitive horsemanship patterns. I could probably write thirty or more installments, but it is time to wrap up this series and get going with additional interesting topics that I have in store. I am sure that I will be leaving out some issues that affect most riders from time to time, but if one will review the installments from time to time, I am sure that it will help with the basic issues that riders need to be aware of to improve their scores and success in the arena.  All of the previous installments can be found on my website listed below.

As I have mentioned in earlier installments, most of the ideas that I have written have come to me as a coach, trainer and judge. Over the last few weeks, I have judged some major shows across the United States and International Championship competitions. I seem to see the same mistakes from a majority of the competitors. As your horsemanship skills improve, you will advance to tougher competition and be asked more of from the judges. It is time to step up and show off your skills. The patterns will become tougher to ride, as the judges will need to ramp up the difficulty in the patterns to match the competition. It is the only way that judges can separate the riders and find the true winners.

I usually ask for numerous maneuvers in the advanced classes, such as counter canters, loping and trotting square corners and putting in a flying lead change or two in the patterns. Spins, turns, and rollbacks will also be found in the majority of the patterns.  You must be prepared to be able to drop your stirrups and do an extended trot in both the pattern portion, as well as in the rail work. With this being said, it will be important to work on all of these maneuvers on a daily basis. If you push yourself at home, you will find success at the horse shows. Making these maneuvers happen with one hand while keeping your hand in the “box”, as I have described in earlier issues will be the issue for most everyone.

While keeping everything under control, your sight must be forward with your head kept still. Try to keep your eyes looking at a location up to fifty feet in front of you and keeping the peripheral vision working at all times. Looking down is obviously wrong, but as is looking so high beyond the field of vision, that you loose hand and eye contact with your horse. Developing feel as well as sight will become a skill that will enhance your performance. Keeping your reins even and feeling your horse’s mouth to make sure that your reins are even take time to develop, but are easily recognized by judges. Turning or rotating your wrist to the left or right or moving outside the box with your hand will be the first thing to make your reins uneven and drop your score due to the fact that you will loose that even rein feel, and it will show up in your pattern.

Another major factor that one must keep in mind is that when a pattern asks for a 180 or 360 degree turn and then lope off on a correct lead, you must keep in mind that you might actually want to ask for less or more in your turn to get the proper body position for a really correct lope off. For example, if the pattern calls for a left lead, stop, 360 turn to the right and right lead, you should actually turn a 350 or a bit less to have the shoulder in the correct position slightly to the left for the right lead. These are the little things that will enhance your performance. If you are at the cone or start position and ready to lope off, make sure to untrack your horse for a step or two to make sure that the lead departure is smooth and has an effortless look to it.

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One of Mark’s training videos on problem solving.

AQHA Region One Championships

Region 1 AQHA 2012

Champion Novice Youth – Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest
Reserve Novice Youth – Lopin Lola & Hannah Way. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

The AQHA Region One  Championships took place at the Tacoma Unit in Spanaway, Wash., from August 14-19, 2012. This was the first year that Washington has hosted an AQHA Region One Championship show. The successful event exhibited over 1095 entries; including the cattle classes, All Breed and concurrent AQHA classes. Previous championships have taken place in Redmond Oregon, Nampa Idaho, and Langley, BC.

Attending the show on behalf of the AQHA were Tom Persechino, Executive Director of Competitions and Breed Integrity and AQHA Executive Committee member George Philips and his wife Nicole. A free social event was hosted by the affiliates each evening, serving at least 200 guests from Wednesday to Saturday.

Excellent learning clinics were presented by Jack Brizendine, part of Team Wrangler; Halter presentation on the Thursday; Mike and May Edwards with a Trail clinic on Wednesday; Lisa Friemark on Showmanship on the Thursday; Mark Bolender and Extreme Trail on the Friday; Genny Miller with Horsemanship on Saturday. The Friday Night Extravaganza offered an exciting jousting demonstration.

The AQHA Judges for the Championship event were Bill Enk and Whizzer Baker. AQHA concurrent class judges were Bill Enk and Robbin Jung. The Trail Challenge judge was Mark Bolender.

AQHA Region 1

Champion Youth – Zip Onto The Freeway & Lauren Anderson
Reserve Youth – Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

AQHA Region 1

Champion Novice Amateur – Exclusive Iron & Charlene White
Reserve Novice Amateur – Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

AQHA Region 1

Champion Amateur –  Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard
Reserve Amateur – A Natural Dancer & Rebecca Moore. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

Champion Select – Versionaire & Cindy Nakahara; Reserve Select – Impuslively Gold & Liz Workland

Champion Open –  Zip Onto the Freeway  &Tami McClure; Reserve Open – Exclusive Iron and Todd Hovru

Champion All Breed 13 & Under – Beauz Invited & Kinsey Ayres; Reserve All Breed 13 & Under – Whata Foxy Chic & Lucie Lundquist

Champion All Breed 14-18 – Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest; Reserve All Breed 14-18  – Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud

AQHA Region One Pictures maybe ordered