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post #11 of 70 Old 06-19-2009, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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haha good point Stormy! Although I need to stop counting my chickens here...who knows if we'll even get one! lol

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post #12 of 70 Old 06-19-2009, 09:38 PM
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And it appears that there are only 5 others in my class (Intro Rider)...so does that mean everyone is pretty much guaranteed a ribbon of some color?

Actually not always. Depends on the show. There are ways of not getting a ribbon even with 2 horses in the class.

I was waiting for someone to cover one of the most important things and it seems to have been missed.

At this level the judge has very little to judge on (as opposed to multiple movements) so two things are of great importance.

First BE ACCURATE. Accuracy means you ride letter to letter and the letter STARTS when the horse's shoulder passes through the designated letter. So riding a diagonal where the horse haunch or tail passes the opposite letter is an inaccurate test.

Second ride forward first then worry if the head is in a decent position second (as long as the head is not stuck in the air and back hollowed) and you will be fine.
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haha, yup! At Valhalla, most of the horse's ribbons were on their stalls and they were covered in dirt! :P yuck. But they were grand prix and high level eventers! I really liked everyone there, and hope to go back and train with them sometime!

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*slaps hand to forhead* I can't believe I forgot the points that Spyder made. Wow... haha.

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I just need to hire someone to press the quote button under Spyder's posts and then press post.
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post #16 of 70 Old 06-20-2009, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

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Actually not always. Depends on the show. There are ways of not getting a ribbon even with 2 horses in the class.
Oh no! How does that happen (I mean, besides if 3 of the 5 other people end up being disqualified somehow)? Bummer...I'm really going to have to BRING IT then! lol

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Oh no! How does that happen (I mean, besides if 3 of the 5 other people end up being disqualified somehow)? Bummer...I'm really going to have to BRING IT then! lol
Well first STAY in the arena. Unexpected departures will result in elimination.

On some shows (not saying yours) but in some if the scores are not high enough the show is not required to give out ribbons.
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post #19 of 70 Old 06-20-2009, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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oh ok, thanks Spyder! According to others at my barn who have gone to some of the shows in this particular series, since this is a schooling show they pretty much always give out ribbons, I think just to encourage all of the students So here's to hoping we place in one of them!!! (oh yeah, and first and foremost, that we SURVIVE our first show together!) lol

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Good luck tomorrow!
I wish I were there to take the baby I was riding & meet you! I am out of town though.

I'm pretty positive you'll get a ribbon. They always give out ribbons there. Pretty much at all of the Northeast Ohio Mini Trails they give out ribbons.
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