“We’ve never ridden or even met the horse we show at competition,” Mohr stressed. “They give us minimal information, which means we have to handle the horse to the best of our ability, and that’s a big factor in how they judge our riding skill.”
There are two main styles of quarter horse showing, Mohr further explained – Western and English. Mohr shows Western style, which includes wearing a cowboy hat, boots with spurs and a western saddle.
There are also five skill levels into which riders are categorized: Beginning, intermediate, novice, advanced and open. The “open” level is the highest skill level and that’s the category in which Mohr competes.
“Schools who participate in collegiate showing,” Mohr explained, “are grouped according to regions and zones.”
Ball State is part of Region 1, Zone 7.
“The way it’s broken down,” Mohr explained, “is a lot like the conference structure in college basketball.”
For the 2012-2013 collegiate season, Mohr was the “high point rider” in Region 1, meaning he accrued the most points of all competitors across all the various universities and shows within his region for the season.
“I was very fortunate this past year,” he said.
In addition to be high point rider for his region, Mohr was also Region 1 champion for the 2012-2013 season.
Also similar to collegiate basketball, March is a big month in quarter horse competition. It’s the month when tournament” season starts.
Mohr started his post season at a competition at St. Mary’s of the Woods College in Terre Haute. He performed well enough there to move on in late March to the National Semi-finals in Syracuse, N.Y., where he qualified for the National Championships from May 2 to May 5 in Harrisburg, Pa.
“I finished third in the Open Western Horsemanship [at the National Championships],” he said.