March 16 - 18
National Equestrian Center
St Louis MO
Region 11 qualifier
Our show will be held one week earlier in the year than our usual weekend, so plan accordingly. The website has been updated and the Premium Book will soon be online. Please visit the show's website for detailed information.
Tom Theisen of Stachowski Training, provided two full days of an engaging and entertaining guest trainer clinic, where he shared his many years of experience in training and showing Arabian horses.
On Saturday, Tom described how to introduce training tack to the young horse, from bit and bridle to surcingle and saddle. Tom took many questions from the audience and tailored the training day to whatever attendees wanted to know. It was a lively and ever-changing discussion on a wide variety of topics ranging from how to "think like a horse and not like a person" to how to use Stanley White's tried and true "scissor" position to get a horse to track and rate its steps and avoid dropping its shoulder.
On Sunday, Tom gave ten 30-minute lessons to owners of Arabian and half-Arabian horses of many different disciplines: Hunter, Country Pleasure, Show Hack, Working Western, and even a lesson horse that wanted nothing more than to canter in a tight circle. Tom thoughtfully addressed the topics of concern that each rider presented to him at the beginning of each lesson.
Even those of us auditing and not riding learned several tips and techniques that can be applied at home, in the pasture, and in the show ring.
GKCAHA is extremely grateful to Mike Grimm for inviting Tom to come and share his knowledge with us, and for coordinating lessons that were meaningful and effective for riders, horses, and auditors.
Special thanks to Glen and Sharon True for hosting this event at Glass Horse Farm.
And huge thanks to the GKCAHA board of directors for helping to coordinate and participate in the training clinic.
We plan to offer future training clinics in alternating years. Stay tuned for details on the website.
The Greater Kansas City Arabian Horse Association was chartered in 1964 as the original Arabian Horse Association (AHA) affiliate for the Kansas City area. Each year the Club co-sponsors the Mo-Kan Border Bonanza, a major Region 8 & 11 dual-qualifying Class A Arabian horse show. GKCAHA also sponsors a successful one-day All-Breed show on the Pony Express circuit, and participates in the American Royal horse show, a Kansas City tradition steeped in history. Among the social events the Club hosts, our Midwinter Celebration is an annual tradition for all members, honoring the High Point winners of the show season at a dinner and presentation of awards.
Pictured left: Harvey Kemper on Baby Doll
The Greater Kansas City Arabian Horse Association (GKCAHA) has an active membership of Arabian Horse enthusiasts from Kansas, Missouri, and surrounding states. Many of our members serve on Regional and National AHA Committees, and are active as workers and exhibitors at the various National Championships. The GKCAHA Youth Group has nurtured many current adult members of the organization and has activities planned throughout the year. GKCAHA offers several types of memberships to allow participation from every type of Arabian enthusiast.
To foster the use and improvement of the Arabian Horse by promoting ownership, training, and breeding of Arabian, Half-Arabian, and Anglo-Arabian horses by promoting and providing opportunities for exhibition/competition using Arabian horses; and by engaging in educational, promotional, recreational, charitable, benevolent, and social activities connected with these purposes.