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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!




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.

Goldmine Circuit

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We attended the Goldmine Circuit, a four-day, three judge horse show of awesomeness! We attended the very first Goldmine and we never miss it, it’s now in it’s  fourth year and it continues to grow and amaze its participants. Carolyn Dobbins puts the show on and I have known her for many years, this lady is hands down one of the nicest people I have ever met. I really appreciate everything she does and how hard she works to pull this Horse show off! I can honestly say My daughter and I are blessed to have met her and I’m grateful for all she does for the kids at her shows. They all feel so special and loved by her. Goldmine 2


The horse show is an all breed show with crazy amazing prizes and endless fun. The photo booth was a fun event and of course, shopping all the vendors made getting some Christmas shopping done. This year was really exciting because in the walk/jog all ages class they had 70 entries! The turn out was so great they ended up having four cuts, two semi-finals, and then the finals. One lucky participant won a western show saddle. (Bling!)


Briar looks forward to this show all year! Weeks leading up to it, is like Christmas! Non stop talking about how much fun she is going to have. This year was especially exciting because she took Belle and they did well at the show. Briar participated in both English and Western events, a total of 14 classes. She placed in every class and won an English Saddle. She also won numerous other prizes, it was such fun!


Goldmine 4As I said it was Briar and Belle’s first time. Briar has been working so hard with her other horse Bingo and he is such a great horse ( He has my heart). No matter how hard they work, Bingo just can’t take her to the next level. So, Belle is the horse who has a few more skills to get her there. I’m so very proud of my daughter and both of her horses. We have been blessed beyond measure, with two loving animals, a talented trainer and a great show family! Without all of them, this could not be possible!!!!


Thank you, Carolyn Dobbins, Lisa Bullock, LCB Show Horse Family for all that you do for Briar and every other horse lover! You do so much more than you will ever know 🙂



I highly recommend this show, located at Westworld in Scottsdale Arizona held usually in the month of December.


Make Your Own Cowgirl Christmas Wreath

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Make Your Own Cowgirl Christmas Wreath.

christmas-wreath-7I found this project on, what a cute wreath. Happy Holidays!


APHA Harvest Of Colors

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APHA Show 14.1
Early Morning Showmanship
Belle & Briar
Belle & Briar



Mira & Briar waiting for Showmanship
Mira & Briar waiting for Showmanship



Reserve High Point Novice Youth &  14-18
Reserve High Point Novice Youth & 14-18


Next week The GoldMine Circuit December 11-14,2014 🙂 -Pick the right Blanket for your Horse!

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Blanket season is here again and choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. At, we’ve put together a buying guide because we want to make the process less complicated by answering some of the more common questions about horse blankets.

Let’s start with these most frequently asked questions.

1. “What type of blanket should I buy?”

Deciding on whether you should purchase a stable blanket or a turnout sheet would truly depend on whether or not you need a waterproof blanket. Stable blankets are NOT waterproof, and are typically used when your horse is kept in the barn. They feature a center seam and rump darts that give it a contoured design. Full hoods are also available. Sold separately from the blanket purchase, they help provide complete coverage for horses that are usually body clipped. Popular stable blanket brands available at include Big D® All American, Pro Equine® Relentless™ and Weaver® Profit™.

Turnout blankets and sheets are waterproof and can be found in two types available: Standard and Combo. Standard turnout blankets provide coverage from the withers to the tail. Combo or Detach-A-Neck blankets provide coverage from just behind the ears to the tail. The designs of a turnout blanket or sheet are more “drape” like and roomier, allowing for better coverage protection against the weather. Popular Turnout blanket brands offers are Defender ®, WeatherBeeta®, Saxon®, Big D®, Professional’s Choice® and Weaver®.
2. “How do I know if the blanket will help keep my horse warm enough?”

The answer to this question is dependent on how much fill is in the blanket. This determines how warm the blanket should be. The fill can be either Polyfill or Fiberfill and is measured in grams. The higher the weight number, the warmer the blanket will be. Determining a desirable weight depends on your horse’s environment and the condition of your horse’s coat. Besides the climate, also keep in mind if your horse grows a light or heavy coat, is body clipped mid-winter, is turned out with or without shelter, or kept in a barn. These are all factors in determining which blanket fill to choose.

We’ve provided two charts for you to reference to help you determine what would fit your needs best.

Fill Warmth
Sheet – No fill Provides protection from the wind and rain
100 Gram Fill Light Warmth
150 Gram Fill Light/Medium Warmth
200 Gram Fill Medium Warmth
250 Gram Fill Medium/Heavy Warmth
300 Gram Fill Heavy Warmth
400 Gram Fill Extra Heavy Warmth

Temperature Horse with Natural Coat Horse that is Body Clipped
50-60 Degrees Sheet Light Blanket (100g)
40-50 Degrees Light Blanket (100g) Light/Medium Blanket (150g-250g)
30-40 Degrees Light/Medium Blanket (150g-250g) Medium/Heavy Blanket (200-300g)
20-30 Degrees Medium/Heavy Blanket (200-300g) Heavy(300-400g) or Medium (200-300g) with Blanket Liner
Below 20 Degrees Heavy (300-400g) Heavy (300-400g) with Blanket Liner

3. “How easily will my horse’s blanket rip?”

Well, we can’t always guarantee that your horse’s blanket won’t get caught on a board, or that one of its pasture friends won’t think of his new blanket as a chew toy. One thing to consider is the turnout blanket’s outer shell. Also known as “denier”, this strength is determined by the thread’s thickness; the higher the denier number is, the stronger the material strength will be.
Denier Strength
210 Very Light Strength
420 Light Strength
600 Medium Strength
1200 Heavy Strength
1680 Extra Heavy Strength
2100 Super Heavy Strength

4. “How do I figure out which blanket size to order?”

To answer this question, you will need to measure your horse; this task is much easier when done with the help of a second person. You will also need a flexible tape measure, which helps you get the most accurate measurement possible. First, start by standing your horse as square as possible on a flat, even surface. Next, place the tape measure at the center of the horse’s chest, over the high point of the shoulder. With the tape measure held in place on the chest, run it alongside the horse’s body until you reach the rear of the hind leg. For the most accurate measurement, keep the tape as straight as possible along the side of the body without following the contours of the horse’s body. If the length falls on a size not offered by the blanket company, then simply round up to the next available size being offered.
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5. “I received my blanket order from, but how do I tell if it fits my horse properly?”

We recommend placing a thin, clean stable sheet on your horse to keep the blanket in new condition, just in case the fit isn’t just right. Now you’ll want to check if the blanket fits properly.

First, place the blanket on the horse and fasten the chest straps so the fabric overlaps at the chest. It should be snug here, but not tight.
Next, fasten the surcingles and adjust to fit loosely on the horse’s stomach with about four fingers width between belly and straps.
Finally, fasten and adjust the leg straps so you can only fit a hand’s width between each leg strap on your horse’s thighs.

6. “The blanket looks like it fits, but I’m just not sure. Any suggestions?”
Once the blanket is on your horse, check the length and the fit on the front.

Length – To check the length, stand behind the horse and gently bring the two ends toward one another against the horse’s rump. Try not to pull the blanket out of place as you are doing this. If the ends meet on the horse’s tail, the blanket is too large. If you cannot bring them together at all or if you can see more than 2-3 inches of the horse’s rump on either side of the tail, then the blanket is too small. The end of the blanket should stop just above where the tail starts.

Width – The best way to check the fit of the blanket is to watch your horse walk while wearing it. As your horse is moving forward, observe the shoulders. If the blanket fabric pulls tightly against the shoulder to the point of possibly impeding movement, then the blanket is too snug. If the blanket drops very low at the shoulder or chest, then the neck opening and/or the blanket is too large.

7. “How do I clean my horse’s blanket?”

The best way to clean your horse’s blanket is to wash it with a mild detergent and then hang to dry.

Clever Tricks and Tips

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Here are some clever tricks and tips that save time, money and possibly make life a bit easier. These hacks just might make life around the barn, horse shows or traveling a little quicker! These hacks have been pasted around several of the barns I have been at and they are just to cool to not share.

Baby Wipes: Great for wiping down saddles, boots and tack that get dusty while waiting to enter the show ring. They can be used for quick grooming, clean horse’s face, wipe out nose/ears and sweat stains. I prefer the natural chemical free baby wipes. Example: Earth’s Best wipes

Kitty Litter Scoop: Great for breaking up Ice in buckets, skimming off bugs and removing small particles from your horses’ water quickly. We don’t break up much ice in Arizona, but we fish out a lot of bugs!
C clampC-Clamps: I picked this up at the APHA world show, watching the guys deliver and pick up mats. It was amazing watching how quick they could move them with just a clamp. Use them for moving heavy stall mats. They work as handles and make the job so much easier!

Large Dust pan: This is so Cool! Take a large dust pan with a hollow handle. Place it in a sink with the handle facing out and over the sink. Put your large bucket under the handle, turn on the water and watch the water flow through the handle and into your bucket. No lifting or trying to get an angle because the bucket is too large for the sink! Dust pan Metal

Emery Boards: Remove stains from suede and can file off small snags in materials.

Head Lamps: Makes any night time task easier by freeing up your hands. Great for late night horse show prep like washing in a deem area or breading manes.

Fanny Packs: Stylish I Know, Not! But they work great for holding combs, bands, clips for braiding. Keeps your supplies close and your hands free.

Go Pro & Helmet Mount: See your adventures like your horse. This tool is so cool and it really makes your ride come to life on a different level.

What hacks have you seen around the barn or at horse shows? Share your tips and ideas that make life in the equine world easier 🙂

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Women’s Equestrian as an NCAA Emerging Sport

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Image courtesy of NCEA.

The American Quarter Horse Association and its alliance and industry partners are aware of and are watching closely the developments regarding the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics recommendation to remove equestrian from the list of emerging sports, as well as Kansas State University Athletics’ decision this week to drop its sponsorship of equestrian.

Originally when the NCAA developed the emerging-sports model, there was a 10-year window for a sport to reach championship status. Equestrian, which was formally recognized as an emerging sport in 2002, had seen enough growth in school numbers within that 10-year window, that NCAA granted extensions even though a 40-school minimum had not been obtained.

Earlier this summer, the CWA requested a strategic plan from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association on how equestrian planned on seeing growth in sponsoring schools.

The equestrian strategic plan was built and provided to the CWA for review at its September meeting. Following this meeting, with no further discussion of the strategic plan, the CWA provided a letter to the NCEA on September 30, 2014, informing of their committees’ vote to recommend removal of equestrian from the emerging-sport list. On October 13, K-State Athletics announced it was dropping its sponsorship of equestrian, effective at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, a decision that was made before the CWA recommendation had been fully reviewed and approved by the various NCAA governance bodies.

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Save Kansas State University Equestrian

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On Monday night, October 13, 2014, the K-State Equestrian Team was informed that the sport would be discontinued following the 2015-16 season. All scholarships would be honored but there was something not quite right about it all. Parents have mobilized, and the entire equestrian community is rallying to do our best to save the program

The story from Athletic Director John Currie is that there was no way to save the sport, that the NCAA was taking it off the list of emerging sports and they needed the money to make room for soccer. He made this announcement before the NCAA vote and also announced that it would be closed down a year prior to the NCAA proposed end. Something doesn’t feel “Family” here and the parents and alumni want to get tot he bottom of it.

The plot thickens as there are actually 4 more votes to remove the Equestrian program from the NCAA, and no other school has cancelled their Equestrian Team as a result of these votes… why then is K-State?

Consider that Currie never mentions Equestrian on twitter but goes on about most every other small sport. Even better, the girls of the K-State Equestrian team are so far undefeated this year and ranked 3rd in the nation. Can we safely say thank you for your overwhelming support AD Currie?

Please stay tuned as this is a rapidly emerging issue and we will attempt to keep everyone up to date

Media Links

Important Contacts

The NCAA Committee on Women Athletics
Chairman Tom Hall.
phone 410.455.2207

Kansas State University
Director John Currie

Upcoming Equestrian Team Schedule

  • November 8 – KSU VS OSU – At Kansas State – Get Out and Cheer!


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Who experiences horse show aftermath?

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This is where after a long weekend of showing a pile of dirty, stinky horse tack and untitledclothes are abandoned in your living room. Our, horses are at a boarding facility and we don’t have to own a horse trailer because they provide transportation. Because of that, we load our truck up with our show tack . Then we have to bring it back and put it away.

I don’t necessarily mind, it’s just, you have to deal with it right away because it is in your living room stinking it up. If I had a trailer, I could wait a few days or longer because it is out of the way. It takes me two days to clean, wash, straighten and put away everything properly. However, on the plus side, on show day we are not washing tails or cleaning saddles. We are organized and all we have to do is drop off our stuff in the tack room and we’re ready to show.

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What does your horse show aftermath looks like?
How does your horse show aftermath effect you?
Suggestions on making the process easier?