Letter from the President
Hello to all GSVRHA /WSVRHA members and friends,
If you have made it through this year with a smile on your face then I want to shake your hand , or bump elbows, or maybe just wave from 6 feet! If you have had your fair share of ups and downs, I want to tell you about a show you can get excited about.
We have prepared our WSVRHA Ranch Horse Challenge in Las Vegas at Horseman’s Park to be one huge, fun event! Forget about year-end stuff this year and just come have fun and win some amazing prizes. (WSVRHA is combining 2020 & 2021 for year-end awards and next year we will again have a Championship show. They will be taking your best 5 shows for counting toward year end.)
It’s all outdoors and there is plenty of room to spread out. This will be a double show for WSVRHA, AQHA and Ranching Heritage. The dates are October 22/23 & October 24/25. This can count as 2 shows for each of those 3 designations.
We will also be bringing back the wildly popular Ranch Riding Freestyle as well as a fun Barrel Race for Ranching Heritage qualifying horses. This event is also open to anyone who has entered at least one class in either show. As we did last year, Arizona, Nevada and California will each be hosting a night of food and fun. Entry forms are now on the http://wsvrha.com/ website and the deadline is Oct 11 so don’t delay. Sam’s Town is the host hotel, which is conveniently located within a mile from the arena, is giving us a block of rooms at a discounted rate but only through Sept 27th so hurry! Nevada as well as Horseman’s Park have Covid protocols in place so bring your favorite mask, horses are exempt ;-).
Look for another update on GSVRHA news in the next few days. We have a lot to talk about! Make sure you continuously check our https://gsvrha.org/ website for news and information. We will always keep you updated there as well as direct you to other sites as needed.
Now, go get those horses tuned up and enter the WSVRHA Vegas Ranch Horse Celebration!
From the Trainer’s Perspective
Just in time for Vegas: “The Heart of a Competitor”
By Barbra Schulte; Personal Performance Life Coach, NCHA Champion, Trainer, Author, Clinician, Inductee of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame
When you go into the show ring, you are there to show your best and your horse’s best. When you show, you are a performer for the judge. Your ‘stage’ is the arena. It’s easy for all of us to worry about not exposing our weaknesses… and… we tend to compare ourselves to others. But I have a challenge for you. What if you saw yourself as a beautiful rider and awesome showman or woman? What if you saw yourself walking into the arena, fully calm, fully focused, so ready and so connected to your job and to your horse that, at the appointed time, you exhibit your best qualities. And to boot, you stay ‘cool’ on the inside about your weaknesses. You have the mindsets of a champion.
Here are 12 of them to keep in mind. Print them out. Post them in your trailer. Read them often. Claim them as yours. Above all, have fun.
• I build a flow at home and then I have routines to ensure that that is what is expressed in the show arena
• I’m here to show my horse’s strengths and my strengths.
• I never turn against my horse
• I am the leader of my horse… he/she needs me to be my best.
• When I get ready and enter the show arena, I have no thoughts of outcome.
• I strive for excellence not perfection.
• Success is measured by my scorecard.
• I am courageous and vulnerable… not perfect.
• Errors do not discourage me. They show me where I need to improve.
• I expect positive results.
• I love learning! One of the greatest reasons I show is to keep improving.
• Ultimately showing is about who I am becoming. This lasts far beyond any individual show.
Treat yourself! Learn more about Barb’s upcoming clinics, books, personal performance training, etc. at https://barbraschulte.com/
Did You Know?
What happens in the event of a tie for an All Around? All-around ties for competition and year-end awards will be decided by the highest placing in the Ranch Cow Work class in the applicable division. If a tie still exists the tiebreakers will be in this order: Cutting, Ranch Rein Work, Ranch Trail and Ranch Riding.