November 9, 2013
By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Joni Nelson gives a Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinic on trail at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
There are more Nutrena Ride the Rail/Ride the Pattern clinics coming up during Bank of America Amateur Week at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. So far, exhibitors and spectators have gleaned the expertise of AQHA Professional Horseman Joni Nelson in trail; Michael Colvin in horsemanship; and Lainie DeBoer in hunt seat equitation.
It’s a great opportunity to learn from world champion trainers for free – these AQHA Professional Horsemen have graciously donated their time to help amateurs at the show.
One local 4-H club brought riders to listen to Michael Colvin go through the horsemanship prelims pattern, maneuver-by-maneuver, and ask questions. These are snippets of what they heard:
“With your horse, you’re going to try to transfer this design in a big form on to the dirt.”
“When you watch riders who are really good, they have a plan and it’s obvious what their plan is – it’s part of their body language. If they have a plan and it’s obvious to see that plan when they execute it, as a judge, it’s interesting to watch and is credit-earning.”
“You’ve got to certainly challenge yourself and challenge your horse because you are not going to earn credit just being completely safe. You’re going to have to be correct; you are going to have to draw your pattern out nicely; you’re going to have to ride well.”
“You have to challenge yourself a little, and you have to be smart about it. A phrase I use a lot is ‘controlled aggression.’ You have to know how to be aggressive and how to push in the places that you are strong and confident and be controlled in places you know you need control.
“Lay it out; ride well have a plan; and let it be obvious that you have a plan, and that will get you a good amount of credit.”
You haven’t missed all the clinics – here are the rest – all in the Barn 8 arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park:
Monday, November 11
10:00 a.m. Ranch Pleasure with AQHA judge Dr. Jim Heird
2:30 p.m. Showmanship with AQHA Professional Horseman John Briggs
Wednesday, November 13
10:00 a.m. Equitation over fences