APHA World Show News: Exhibitors Get the Inside Track to Success at APHA’s Ride the Pattern Clinic
When it comes to World Show-level pattern classes, everything comes back to painting the prettiest picture of a horse and rider’s ability for the judges. At the 2013 APHA World Championship Show, exhibitors converged in the John Justin Arena November 5 for the show’s first Ride the Pattern clinic.
With the help of several demonstration riders, APHA World Show Judge GiGi Bailey of De Pere, Wisconsin, dissected nine patterns—spanning the Novice Amateur, Classic Amateur and Masters Amateur divisions in showmanship, equitation and horsemanship—that will be used throughout the show, giving exhibitors an inside look at exactly what judges would be looking for and how to plan the best possible ride.
GiGi explained that in each of these events, judges are looking for exhibitors who can best exhibit a horse through correct position and effective communication—the winning rider should be the one who you would choose to exhibit your horse, she explained. And though the 2013 World Show patterns are unique and challenging, they provide plenty of opportunities to showcase an exhibitor’s skills and earn plus points.
To read more about what GiGi had to say, click here!