Love = Showmanship

Showmanship was/is one of my favorite classes to compete in. For those that have never done showmanship, I can see why it might seem like a strange favorite. For those that don’t know what a showmanship class is, I will define it briefly:

Showmanship at Halter

This class is performed unmounted and requires a pattern that is picked by the judge. The exhibitor is judged on the grooming of the horse, and the presentation of the horse. The more precise the pattern and confident the exhibitor, the more successful they will be.

Example Pattern:


Reasons why I love showmanship:

1. The more your practice with your horse, the more in tune with them you will be. Yes, you do have a chain or shank under the horses chin, but as your partnership grows, you will need it less and less. Here is an actual shankless showmanship class

2. Showmanship is confidence building. I teach my clients to walk tall and smile big when practicing for showmanship. Confident body language is important for the presentation of the horse and I believe that it helps convince you that you really should be proud of yourself and your horse.

3. You ALWAYS have something that can be improved. More precise, more purposeful, hitting marks, clear transitions, sharper skills. Doesn’t matter who you are or what horse you have, I think that you can always make yourself more competitive.



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  1. Just like with most things in life I guess, the area in which you devote the most time and energy is the area you are most proud of. Even if nobody else was there to see your work and dedication day in and day out, you know. And isn’t that true character? What you do when nobody else is watching? Showmanship speaks to the work with and dedication to your sport and your animal. Anybody can “fake it till they make it”, but it shows in showmanship how much work you really put in! I never showed horses, but I did show pigs and sheep. Those Grand Champion market animal ribbons NEVER amounted in my mind to a showmanship. Anybody can feed an animal steroids and antibiotics to make them bulky for market, but a showman has a connection with the animal that is only developed with time and HARD HARD work! It is no surprise to me that it is your favorite Amanda, just speaks once again to your incredible character!

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