Western Pleasure Trainers Rewarded For Waiting To Show Horses Until 3 Year old Year

$80,800 in prize money was up for grabs at this years Hylton Maiden 3-Year-Old & Over Western Pleasure at the Virginia Classic. That money was divided up by this year’s 16 entries. The winner, Taft Dickerson, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, rode Extremely Hot Diva to a win in the the event. They took home a check for $30,200! This was Dickerson’s second win in a row. He won last year on a horse named Made By J. Watch the video from last year’s event below.

Cecilia Hylton, of Hylton Quarter Horses in Gainesville, Virginia has made this event possible for the past 6 years with her generous financial contribution.

The class was designed to be a maiden event for horses that are ages 3 and over. This was done in an effort to discourage trainers from pushing 2 year old horses too early. Hylton hopes that the large purse will encourage trainers to wait with their young horses.

The horses that placed in the top 10 at this year’s event were all between the ages of 3 and 4. For more information, including a full list of placings please visit our article source InStrideEdition. Share this on Facebook if you’d like to see more events like this!

6 Responses

  1. Michelle

    What is wrong with you people. Western pleasure is suppose to be pleasurable for horse and rider. These horses look miserable they bob there heads like they are crippled. I have shown pleasure horses and when this is what was showing up in the arena I quit showing it is not a natural way of going exspecially for a 3 year old. I am disappointed in man kind for letting it get to this point shame on all of you. Every one of the horses were walking when suppose to be jogging except for one of them because your horse picks up his legs high behind it makes the movement fake and does not change fact they are still walking behind

  2. Anonymous

    You are mistaken to think they don’t still crank on them starting at 18 months old. They are just broker at 3+ when they go to their first show. Where’s the natural lope and level topline????

  3. Mollie

    This looks horrible! How can this be “good” training? It’s not natural at all! Yuck!

  4. Darlene

    Good grief can’t watch this , is that the riders are so poor they need a dead horse walking ? It looks painful for the hourse


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