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    Default Stacy Westfall wins the Freestyle Reining at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress!

    Stacy Westfall won again in the Freestyle Reining at the 2011 AQHA Congress in Ohio this weekend.

    And I had to reach for the kleenex box again at the end. What a lovely performance:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXrQK...ature=youtu.be

    (the video is one of several posted by spectators, not sure if and when the "official" video will be available).
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    Two thumbs up, as usual! Thanks for sharing this!
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    http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...2011%20Photos/



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    God I love her. She is such an inspiration to people wanting a stronger connection with their horse.
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    wow



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    Awesome! See what you mean about the Kleenex box...
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    Notice the normal head carriage, proper three-beat canter, and relaxed attitude — this is what a western horse should look like!
    "Go on, Bill — this is no place for a pony."



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    WOW - that was beautiful !!



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    Love the outfit! She is an amazing trainer.



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    Quote Originally Posted by InWhyCee Redux View Post
    Notice the normal head carriage, proper three-beat canter, and relaxed attitude — this is what a western horse should look like!
    It's such a nice change!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OveroHunter View Post
    God I love her. She is such an inspiration to people wanting a stronger connection with their horse.
    Amen to that. I met her once in person here at an equine exposition in Florida, and she was so friendly and down to earth.

    I bought one of her training books for young horses, and it was full of common sense training concepts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summerhorse View Post
    It's such a nice change!
    I'm a big fan of hers but I don't think this was her best ride
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    I wonder if the judges sitting in the arena had a moment of concern as she galloped toward them without a bridle! Heck, I've seen panic in their eyes and I HAVE a bridle on my horse.



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    Quote Originally Posted by carolprudm View Post
    I'm a big fan of hers but I don't think this was her best ride
    . Look for the ones to "Live like you are dying"
    Im a little tired of the "bridleless" thing to be honest. It's her "thing" but it's getting kind of old. Honeslty her bridleless runs arn't that great and I think her horses and her rides would be much better if she used a bridle. Her bridleless runs sell and bring in the crowds but the rides themselves I've never been that impressed with.



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    Quote Originally Posted by saddleup View Post
    I wonder if the judges sitting in the arena had a moment of concern as she galloped toward them without a bridle! Heck, I've seen panic in their eyes and I HAVE a bridle on my horse.
    I was thinking the same thing!
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    She's great. It looks like her other ride to me, with different music.

    I've met her too. She is very nice.

    I went to a clinic and was a little disappointed. She would start talking about something and then get a thought and go off on that and not finish what she started talking about. Sometimes I wanted to hear the first thought. There were about six people in the clinic. The first one got a lot of time and less and less for the rest. Last one hardly got anything. My friend and I decided we wouldn't go again.

    Bought some Weaver stuff. She's their spokesperson. Got one of those 'sticks'. The tip was just glued on and fell off the first time I used it. Got a bareback pad. The straps are sewn on way forward. The pad ends up way far back. Not really her fault, but she represents them. It wasn't cheap.



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    THanks, it was cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pal-o-mino View Post
    She's great. It looks like her other ride to me, with different music.

    I've met her too. She is very nice.

    I went to a clinic and was a little disappointed. She would start talking about something and then get a thought and go off on that and not finish what she started talking about. Sometimes I wanted to hear the first thought. There were about six people in the clinic. The first one got a lot of time and less and less for the rest. Last one hardly got anything. My friend and I decided we wouldn't go again.

    Bought some Weaver stuff. She's their spokesperson. Got one of those 'sticks'. The tip was just glued on and fell off the first time I used it. Got a bareback pad. The straps are sewn on way forward. The pad ends up way far back. Not really her fault, but she represents them. It wasn't cheap.
    While I really admire Stacy (as I mentioned above), I do not think you could learn much from her at a clinic. She can do what she does because of years of training and riding. None of that can be taught over the course of a weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolprudm View Post
    I'm a big fan of hers but I don't think this was her best ride
    Ditto. Frankly, the spins, weren't; they were turns around the middle. And unless they've changed the reining horse standards for what constitutes a correct spin, it's just fortunate that these were performed in a freestyle where execution takes second place to showmanship.

    Look for the ones to "Live like you are dying"
    Now that ride was tear-worthy.
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    Well..

    Stacy Westfall won the Pro Freestyle Reining competition at the 2011 All American Quarter Horse congress with this flawless pattern.


    The person posting and I have very different definitions of flawless.

    It is a nice ride. it's by far not her best. I'd love to see the other rides, but haven't looked them up yet. Was not a fan of her stops (as well as aforementioned problems).



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