I think I can safely speak for Roger Wells too. In saying when we had the dream of making western riding a respected discipline (back circa 1983): a coloured magazine, major sponsors, instructors everywhere, shows and clinics the length and breadth of the countryside was in our dreams, and so it is amazing. I am so thrilled that this has now become a reality.Read More
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
During our evening there, I was surprised to find out nine of our fellow guests were from the UK. What was fascinating was that they thoroughly enjoyed their Western riding and were keen to tell me how different it was from British riding! The fact was, despite the internet, they had never heard of Western riding, WES or Western Horse UK. This was a real shock and shows how much each area has hardly scratched the surface. Maybe we all need to get together to think further on exposure and promotion.Read More
Whilst there I came across a headline concerning the reining industry which was ‘Reiners - Tidy up your act or lose your sport’! Powerful words! So, I decided to investigate a little further. I am sure that some of the following can apply throughout the equine industry, especially when money and fame become the motivation and many rules are stretched or ignored but here are some of the things that I have witnessed or that have been mentioned to me.Read More
On New Years day rather than staying home and watching more Only Fools and Horses reruns we instead headed into London to meet the AQHA UK riders who were taking part in the New Years Day parade. We walked from Oxford Circus down to Green Park where they were getting ready. On the way every side street had participants of the parade getting reading, steel bands, dancers, mini steam engines, marching bands and giant inflatables. The noises were loud and varied, not conditions I would like to ride in!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
The Quarter Pony was developed in the USA in the 1960s to recognise Quarter Horses that did not make the height of 14.2hh, and were thus not able to be registered. That height restriction is no longer in force however the Quarter Pony has become a distinct breed of its own, celebrating the looks, versatility and competitive skills of the Quarter Horse with the stamina and temperament of the several excellent riding ponies that were introduced to the foundation stock.Read More
Beloved show secretary Jane Muir has agreed to 'ride a reiner' and be broadcast around the world via live stream at the Garden of England International Festival of Western Riding (Bodiam, East Sussex 18-22 July) in aid of MacMillan Nurses. Jane, usually to be found behind a lap top administering the UK's most prestigious western riding events, will be making her return to the arena on a horse provided by Sterling Quarter Horses.Read More