From My Saddle: Expo Life

Jody and John Lyons with Karen at the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

Face to Face Interaction is the Best After returning home from the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon, I realized how seeing familiar faces and meeting new people was the highlight of the trip. I was especially excited to see John Lyons again after several years. He and …

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New & Noteworthy: Something for Everyone at the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo March 22–24

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Matt Livengood. Photo by Carrie Sigglin.

Few things bring horse people together like an expo, and here in the Northwest we have the good fortune to attend and participate in the 23rd annual Northwest Horse Fair & Expo March 22–24 in Albany, Oregon, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. The Expo will once again …

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Cover Story: The 23rd Annual Northwest Horse Fair & Expo

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Photo credit Alise Lamoreaux. BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe.

The Show Continues, March 22–24, 2024! Compiled by Kim Roe Few things bring horse people together like an expo, and we here in the Northwest are lucky to have the opportunity to attend and participate in the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo in Albany, Oregon. The 23rd annual expo, presented …

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Trainer’s Corner: My Journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 4

Matt and Journey the Mustang. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Competition Day and Beyond At the end of our last article, I’d been out of town judging shows and wishing I had more time to prepare my mustang, Journey, for the upcoming Mustang Mania Trainers Challenge (see the July/August issue). These mustang competitions demand a solid, trusting relationship between horse …

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Trainer’s Corner: My journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 3

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Matt and Journey the Mustang. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle

Competitions and Opportunities Highlight Mustangs’ Qualities At the end of the last article, I’d finally saddled Journey, my formerly wild mustang who I was preparing for a 90-day competition, with a full-sized saddle after starting him with a kid’s saddle. Then life happened, and I had to be gone for …

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Trainer’s Corner: My Journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 2

Journey on Arrival. Photo Courtesy Matt Livengood

From BLM Holding to Accepting a Saddle In my first article in this series, I introduced you to Journey, my 4-year-old (formerly) wild mustang. I chose him by looking through photos of available mustangs for a 90-day mustang competition where competitors gentle and then ride wild horses. I brought Journey …

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Trainer’s Corner: My Journey with “Journey” the Mustang – Part 1

Matt and Journey. Photo courtesy Matt Livengood.

What is a Mustang? Mustangs are the wild horses of the American West. When most people think of wild horses, they think of stallions rearing and fighting with a band of mares and foals watching intently. Or maybe they think mustangs are a thing of the past—those great herds of …

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Trainer’s Corner: How to Ride a Good Circle

Trainer's Corner: How to Ride a Good Circle
Ideally, a ranch horse will travel with forward movement, ridden with light contact on a relatively loose rein. Image Courtesy Matt Livengood.

Ranch Riding Exercises for Connecting with Your Horse Ranch Riding competitions promote the athletic ability and versatility of a ranch-style horse. As both a judge and a trainer/clinician I’m going to give you a few tips that will help you develop your horse’s ability to work at a forward, working …

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