Extension at All Gaits: AQHA asking for lengthened strides in western pleasure classes

June 7th, 2013 8:00 AM | 1 Comment

AQHA horse-showing judges will be asking for lengthened strides in western pleasure classes in 2013.

The bad stigma about passing is about to change. Judges are moving toward a “quality before quantity” approach in the western pleasure division. If a rider can build up the quality of their horse’s movement, they will score better at all gaits. Journal photo.

In your 2013 western pleasure classes, expect your AQHA judges to ask for lengthened strides in all gaits – walk, jog and lope. That comes straight from the AQHA Judges Seminar December 11-14, 2012, in Dallas, according to AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross.

“We want exhibitors to start preparing because they are likely to see this throughout the year,” Alex says.

“We’ve requested lengthened strides at (AQHA World Championship shows) for several years, and now we are asking judges to call for the lengthened stride at weekend shows if needed.”

The term “lengthened stride” was suggested by top-100 western pleasure riders attending the western pleasure seminar in 2008 at AQHA in Amarillo.

Every year, AQHA conducts a continuing education seminar limited to approved AQHA judges. The annual seminar covers a different set of classes each year; the 2012 sessions covered western pleasure, ranch pleasure, halter, performance halter and reining.

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One Response to “Extension at All Gaits: AQHA asking for lengthened strides in western pleasure classes”

  1. Time will tell the tale. I am in hopes that we see Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle moving “Forward” down the rail!

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