"If you're going to compete before a judge—as anyone riding in a sanctioned event of any kind will need to do—then you have an immense advantage if you can understand how the judge reaches his or her conclusions. Any competitor who can get inside the judge's head and truly empathize with her plight has an opportunity to perform in a way that will make it easy for the judge to rule in the competitor's favor. We'll talk a lot about the rules for different events in this book. But more important than the rules is how the judge interprets them. Once you understand that, then you can concentrate on meeting the judge's criteria to be a winner."
- Excerpt from Winning with the American Quarter Horse
If you own or ride an American Quarter Horse, then you know how special and enjoyable horses of this breed can be. Originally created to race at a quarter-mile distance and later bred to cut cattle, the modern Quarter Horse is an extraordinarily versatile animal that can run, jump, turn on a dime, handle cattle, win all kinds of events against the clock, and even do dressage.
Now, for the first time, one of the foremost Quarter Horse judges in the world—and 1996 president of the American Quarter Horse Association—reveals how to train and win astride one of the world's greatest athletes. Whether you are competing in English or Western classes, Winning with the American Quarter Horse provides you with invaluable, practical tips on what it takes to win from an insider who has judged the best horses in the world.
Including over one hundred handsome illustrations throughout its pages, this book features detailed information and showing advice on Halter classes, Western Performance classes, English Performance classes, Equitation and Horsemanship events, as well as events like barrel racing and pole bending, which have rarely been dealt with elsewhere.
Winning with the American Quarter Horse takes you inside a top judge's mind as few other books have ever done, suggesting exactly what you need to put up winning performances in the arena. An essential tool for all riders and owners of Quarter Horses, this book is a sure winner itself!
Hardcover: 246 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Equestrian Library
Condition: Very Good
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