By Sharon Rogers
I love western riding! I like the full out country feel of riding in jeans, boots and a cowboy hat. I love the sturdy feel of a western saddle that was crafted with the idea that I would spend a lot of time riding. There is something very elemental to me about the back to the earth feeling I get when I am riding western, whether it is for recreation or in horse competitions. English riding may have a more elegant look but the American west was built on cowboys riding western style, and I am with them.
Horse shows often have events that are done in either Western or English styles, and they are actually very different from each other. Today I want to talk to you about my favorite, Western riding competitive events. A Western competition may include events such as horsemanship, roping, pleasure, gymkhana and a myriad of others these are my favorites. So I will don my virtual jeans and boots, grab my horse and walk you through some of these awesome exploits. Put on your Stetson and join me! Continue reading
By Sharon Rogers
People love their horses for a variety of reasons. It can be as simple as the beauty and peacefulness you feel when you are surrounded by horses, or it may be the freedom that you feel as you are riding on the back of that strong and muscular animal. People who love horses and have a liking for competition may enjoy participating in horse shows. In this post I’ll talk a little about a few of the nation’s top horse shows.
If you are thinking of involving yourself and your horse in a horse show there are many to choose from. You will want to research the available competitions and shows in your area and keep in mind the type of riding you most enjoy as you do. Your choice of English or Western saddle will help narrow down your choices, as will your riding level. Most show riders start their careers by entering local horse shows to build their confidence and the comfort level of their horses. There are more than 1300 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) horse shows that allow riders of all levels to participate. Continue reading