Summer Showmanship Clinics
Because of numerous requests, we are offering several showmanship clinics this summer. The clinics will be held every Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:00. You must reserve a space ahead of time by calling us or emailing us.
Clinics will have up to six participants with two instructors. You can bring your own horse or you can use one of our horses or ponies. Your horse does not need to be show ready but if you are showing Western, please bring your show halter and lead. If you are showing English, please bring your bridle. We will supply halters or bridles for our horses. If you have them, bring your show clothes including hats and boots. The clinics are open to all breeds and instruction specific to each breed’s correct presentation will be part of the clinic.
Showmanship is a basic for 4-H and a popular class at horse shows. Showmanship is the ability to show your horse to his best advantage. It is done in a show halter for Western and a bridle for English. The horse is shown “in hand” which means the handler is on the ground leading the horse. Showmanship consists of performing a pattern which shows the training of your horse in certain maneuvers. You are judged on your ability to have the horse perform the maneuvers and your overall presentation. There is more detailed information under 4-H Fitting. Showmanship is good for children who need a self esteem or confidence boost in the show ring.
The clinic cost is $40 per two hour session.
Fun Quiz: Can you find the showmanship mistake the exhibitors have made in each of these pictures?