Recently, Nancy Renfro shared her advice on how to best succeed in some of the events at the AQHA Select Worldshow.

 

Any tips or guidance on the Select World Show arena such as angle strategy,

visual illusions, concept of spacing?

 

Basically, entering any arena has similar challenges. Entering the Select World arena in particular can be distracting for the horses, so we have them stand in the alley way as much as possible. The weather conditions can be unpredictable, too. There’s an overhang close to the entrance of the arena and the horses can get wet. Unpredictable things can happen, so I tell exhibitors once they ride past that alley way and enter the arena, regroup, put your game face on and hopefully people have looked at their patterns enough so they have a conceptual idea of the arena and spacing. It helps tremendously when exhibitors can say to themselves, “First I’m going to ride to that sign, and then to that cone.” Visual aids, in my experience, keep exhibitors more at ease.

 

What is the best advice you could give a Select competitor

while performing their patterns?

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