Month: January 2015

Tracking your Horse Show History

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If you show often, it is hard to keep track of each show and what your accomplishments were for each show. Tracking your Horse Show History keeps you organized and it’s a great way to look back on years end. Keeping track of your Show History will help you when you’re applying for awards, selling your horse, seeking equine employment and filling out scholarship applications.



Create an Excel Spreadsheet:  Spreadsheets are customizable, quicker and easier than hand written information and can be shared with others. When creating your spreadsheet you should use one spreadsheet per horse ( however, you can have one document with several tabs for easy access) .


Categories to include in your spreadsheet

  • Basic Horse Information: Your Horse Show Name and Registration Numbers.
  • The Horse Show Name or Title
  • The Horse Show Location & Basic Informationexcel pic
  • The Date(s) of the Horse Show
  • Number of Judges and Names of each Judge
  • Classes Description
  • Your Scores or Your Place
  • The Size of Class
  • Cost ( helps create a realistic budge for the following year)
  • Any other Information you feel is important.


Visual Appealing:  Make sure you clearly document each class, for each show you attend. You can create a spreadsheet for each show or you can have a running log. The key to a log format is to separate each show. Example: Place Boxes around each show, color coordinate each show, Bold lettering, etc.


Update Frequently:  Make sure to update your log after each show. This will insure accuracy and you’re less likely to lose or misplace your information.


How to track information at the show: I print out or pick up a class order sheet. I then have my parents circle all the classes I’m in. Then when I enter a class my parent write down how many are in the class, my score/placements and any additional wins ( circuit champion, class drawling, etc.) next to the class. That way when I get home, I can take the information and transfer it over to my Horse Show Log.


Year to Date:  I create a show log for each show year. That way I can look at information on a yearly base. It’s also fun to look at witch years I showed more or less.


Your show log can be simple or very elaborate. Excel programs give you so many options; from basic fields to mathematical functions. The main Idea is for the log to work for you and your needs. Happy Showing!




AZ National Horse Show

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What a great weekend for a horse show. The weather was perfect with great friends. Showmanship youth 1st under both judges. Showmanship 18 and under 3 & 4th. Hunter Under Saddle youth 1st under both judges and circuit champion. Hunter Under Saddle18 and under 3rd!  Now time to get ready for the Sun Circuit!

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Keep Your Horse’s Skin and Hair Coat Looking Their Best to Make an Impression in the Show Ring

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The American Quarter Horse Journal
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Article from America’s Horse Daily 

Keep your horse’s skin and appearance in tip-top condition to impress judges in the show ring. Journal photo.

A life on the competition road presents a number of challenges to a horse’s skin and coat. Dampness from sweating and baths, the demands of training and showing, and harsh substances in some grooming products all contribute to skin problems such as flaking, itching, a dull coat and infections.

In this two-part series, learn how to keep your show horses looking their best by providing proper nutrition, avoiding harsh chemicals and recognizing the signs and symptoms of over-grooming.

Beauty From the Inside Out A balanced diet is vital to keeping your American Quarter Horse’s skin healthy. Skin and hair lacking necessary nutrients will not function properly. They are also more susceptible to damage and infections.

There are some specific vitamins and minerals that will ensure that your horse feels and looks his best.

Biotin helps metabolize the fats and proteins essential for skin and coat health. Inadequate biotin levels may result in dryness, flaking, fungal infections, a fine and brittle coat or hair loss.

Niacin and pantothenic acid (vitamins B3 and B5) help release energy from food for a sound skin and coat. Riboflavin (Vitamin B12) aids in healing skin trauma. Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) facilitates hair growth and reduces skin inflammation.

Vitamin A (retinol) is an antioxidant that supports the immune system and is critical in promoting good skin and hair. Vitamin E, another antioxidant, retards cellular aging, fights stress and supports the immune system, as well as contributing to thriving skin tissues.

Minerals also play an important role; imbalances and deficiencies are a common cause of coat-related complaints. Selenium contributes to the efficiency of the immune system and also works with vitamin E. But don’t over-supplement selenium, as it has a narrow safety margin.

A zinc deficiency may cause slow hair growth and shedding, delayed hair re-growth, flaking skin, poor wound healing, increased susceptibility to skin irritations and infections, and a dull coat color. Copper is another key mineral for the production of dark coat pigments; inadequate copper is often why a horse’s coat and mane bleach out from sun exposure.

Protein and amino acids are also crucial for skin and coat health. Although a deficiency in protein is rare, some amino acids might be lacking in a horse’s diet. Sulfur amino acids originating from methionine are the most abundant in hair, but the coat also requires generous levels of lysine.

If your horse is getting a balanced diet and still has skin problems, consider adding fat. It’s what gives the skin and coat a soft texture and forms a protective waterproof seal between individual cells and around the shaft of the hair.

The most important fats are the ones the horse can’t make themselves: the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Fresh grass contains high amounts of these fats, but they are lost when grass is dried and baled into hay. A variety of oils and other foodstuffs have these nutrients, but flax seed contains them in the balance that is most beneficial and with fewer calories.

“Flax is a very good source of fat,” says Dr. Rosanna Marsella, a professor of veterinary dermatology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida. “It is also an anti-inflammatory and antipruritic (itching). It really improves the quality of the skin and coat.”

Ground flax seed provides the greatest benefit. Ground flax, common in many skin and coat supplements must be handled with care and be “stabilized” to delay rancidity. Whole seeds may also be purchased, but you should prepare them before each feeding in a coffee bean grinder.

Continue reading at America’s Horse Daily to learn about the effects of stress on the coat and how to maintain an effective grooming program for your show horse.

Rolled Carrot Nibbles

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  • 3 carrots with green tops
  • 1/3 cup cracked corn or feedCarrot
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • Brown sugar

Cut carrots into 3-inch pieces. Cut carrot greens off but don’t throw them away. Set all aside.

Pour molasses onto a plate with a lip. Mix in enough brown sugar, about 1 to 3 tablespoons, to thicken the molasses. Onto another plate, spread feed or cracked corn.

Roll carrots in the molasses mixture until they are completely covered. Then, roll carrots in the feed or cracked corn. Place rolled carrots in feed bucket. Wrap the carrot greens around carrots. If you have extra sauce, dribble over the top of the treat.

Super cleanup suggestion: Make this recipe directly in the feed bucket. Mix the molasses and brown sugar on the right-hand side of the feed bucket; place the grain on the left. Do your mixing and rolling directly in the bucket. It saves on cleanup, and your horse will lick his bucket clean.


The Original Book of Horse Treats by June V. Evers.

Arizona National Horse Show

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The Arizona National Horse Show will be held January 7-11, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.  Arizona National Horse Show is one of Arizona’s largest Quarter Horse Shows, a 4-H/FFA Horse Show, Appaloosa Show, and a Youth Horse Judging Contest. The Horse Shows will be held at WestWorld facilities in North Scottsdale. The premium book will be available soon.
AZ Nationals
New This Year
Ranch Horse Pleasure Clinic provided by Laurel Walker Denton
NRHA Sanctioned Reining Classes
Ranch Horse Pleasure Classes
Open Cow Horse Class


Apple/Carrot Pie

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Corn oil


4 apples

4 carrots, diced



Pour enough corn oil in the bottom of a pie pan to cover the bottom. Then, spread about 1/4 cup of sugar over the entire bottom. Slice apples horizontally in pieces about 1/2-inch thick. Lay them and the carrots down over the sugar. Pour a little more corn oil over the pie and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar evenly over the entire top. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Use a large serving spoon to serve equal portions to several horses