Judge Mark Sheridan Shares His Knowledge on Horsemanship Class Execution

January 23rd, 2013 8:57 AM | 1 Comment

Republished from January Show Horse Today

PleasureHorse.com and Show Horse Today would like to extend a warm welcome to AQHA Professional Horseman, trainer and judge Mark Sheridan, our latest contributor to the magazine! Mark will sharing his knowledge in the next 8 issues of Show Horse Today, all of which answering the question “How do I give my horsemanship patterns the polished look that can win, and what are the first things that catch your eye as a judge?” He breaks it down into several pieces, beginning with proper attire and what catches his eye:

 “That is a great question and I could go on and on for hours about what it takes to win. This article will be part one of many as I talk about the basics of horsemanship. I always find myself wanting to get up and help everyone in the class and give my opinions on how they could improve their scores. That is the trainer and coach in me coming out and I realize that is not my place as a judge to do that while I am judging, unless I am asked after the class during a down time at the show.

The very first thing I notice is your hat. I don’t personally care about how much silver you have on your saddle, or how much bling you have on your outfit. But, if your hat looks like it has been in a rainstorm or you slept with it on, my first impression is going to be very low. First impressions are the most important, and as humans we all make first impressions especially being a judge…”


To read the rest of what Mark has to say, check out the rest of the article here! Be sure to keep an eye out for February’s issue of Show Horse Today to read the next installment in the series!

One Response to “Judge Mark Sheridan Shares His Knowledge on Horsemanship Class Execution”

  1. Haha! Everyone thinks my daughter and I are crazy when we say it’s bad luck to set your hat on the bed. i don’t know why, it’s just the cowboy way!

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