I'd forgotten that moving house was so stressful, but was quickly reminded when we were given two weeks’ notice. Thankfully, with the help of friends, family, and our excellent removal team — Move Fast, aka, Steve Hart, former owner of Quarter Horse Rio — it was successfully completed on time. Twenty-seven years of successful breeding, shoeing, and training came to an end on the 24th February. Wye Oak Quarter Horses finally closed its doors.Read More
The new year brings with it a load of things to tick off on your to-do list before the show season arrives ahead of our mental schedule.
First, check the 2017 rule books (many of which are online) as nearly all have had minor or major changes that will be effective as of now. It would seem rather a waste of an entry fee to fall foul of one of these changesRead More
As winter now approaches and our show season is over, it is time to appraise your efforts for this year. My suggestion is to take time out and write down all or any of the problems that you have had in low-scoring rounds so that you have a master plan to work on before next season. Remember, spring is only a few months away and if we take out Christmas, and bad weather days, we have probably got only six weeks left to get into shape for next year’s show season.Read More
There is no doubt that the growth of western riding, the Quarter Horse and Paint Horse Associations, and British Reining Horse Association would never have been so prolific, save for the efforts WES has made and continues to make. The many trainers and instructors would not be around, and the enthusiasm to ride western would not be so buoyant if it wasn't for WES members putting the “1860s cowboy movie ghost” to rest.Read More
I feel very privileged to be accorded the honour of judging the 25th anniversary WES championship show. I hope as many of you as possible will put the date in your diary and attend, either astride or on foot! I am sure a large proportion of you readers started western riding through the efforts of WES. Over the years, the society has probably been ‘responsible’ for a lot of sales of the American Quarter Horse as during the early days there was only one annual Quarter Horse show and three major WES shows.Read More
It’s that time of the year – no not Christmas – it’s time to appraise your efforts over the last ten months and set your goals for next year.
Take a notepad and jot down all of the things that went wrong at shows you attended. Was there a regular problem cropping up that you missed? Or were there many various problematic scenarios? Then put down what you did to try to correct these.Read More
We are halfway through the show season and according to Facebook , most riders seem to be extremely happy with their efforts and achievements, so super, well done. For my part it seems that lessons and clinics are moving to higher levels so these are exciting times. It is nice to know that my two youth riders that I have been coaching these last two years in conjunction with one mother and one uncle, have performed well…..well enough to catch the eyes of other trainers and selectors, so there is still some life in this “old parrot” yet!Read More