Synopses & Reviews
Learn your way around all levels of Western competition.
Veteran rider and trainer Charlene Strickland takes you on a fascinating tour of Western contests and society, and teaches you the skills and practices that make Western judges sit up and take notice. From learning the rules to preparing to show to riding in show ring traffic, the author gives you everything you need to know for dressing the part and practicing the patterns.
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A must-have reference for riders and rodeo enthusiasts. A Selection of the Equestrian Edge Book Club.
Compete like a pro Veteran rider Charlene Strickland takes you on a fascinating tour of Western contests and events, providing all the information you need to take home first prize. Packed with helpful photographs and clear illustrations, Strickland covers everything from dressing correctly to mastering the skills that will make the judges take notice. With advice on dealing with show ring traffic and a thorough explanation of the rules of competition, you'll be ready to saddle up and ride out on the big stage.
A must-have reference for riders and rodeo enthusiasts. Readers will learn the rules
of competition and how to prepare themselves and their horses for show, including proper tack, basic show riding techniques, and etiquette.
Featuring numerous photos and illustrations this book contains information about western competition events and tells competitors how to prepare themselves and their horses for show.
About the Author
Author of Storey's The Basics of Western Riding, Western Practice Lessons and Competing in Western Shows & Events, equestrian journalist Charlene Strickland has also published five additional books and about 600 articles on subjects like horse care, saddlery, dressage, jumping, eventing, and vaulting. Her articles have appeared in The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Show, The Horse, and Dressage, a magazine in England. In recognition of her talent, Charlene won two national awards in 1998 from the American Horse Shows Association and The Chronicle of the Horse weekly news magazine for her magazine articles. She has reported on many international equestrian events including the 1984 Olympics; 1986 National Paso Horse Tournament in Lima, Peru; 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden; Equitana 1993 in Essen, Germany; 1995 Stuttgart German Masters show in Stuttgart, Germany; and 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome. In addition to writing and reporting, Charlene's photographs have been on Web sites for the 1996 Olympics, as well as magazine covers in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is supplying Western and Rodeo photographs to HourseSource, Limited, a stock agency based in France that supplies horse photos on the CD-ROM. Charlene is a member of the U.S. Dressage Federation, the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, the Authors Guild, and the Society for Technical Communication. In 1990 Charlene completed the Hannoverian Breed Orientation Course in Verde, Germany. She has ridden and shown Western, hunt seat, and dressage. She is now a Senior Technical Editor with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and she lives with her husband, Geoff, in Bosque Farms, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Martha Josey
1 Horse Show Basics
2 The Show Game
3 Showing for Intermediate Riders
4 Showing Your Working Horse
5 Timed Events
6 Arena Contests
The Western Horse