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post #1 of 5 Old 11-30-2010, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Catch Riding?

So I have heard the term catch riding and would like to know a little bit more about what it is?

Has/Does anyone here do it?
How do you find horses to ride?
What is it good for?
Any other info?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-30-2010, 06:58 PM
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I've heard of a catch rider, but have never used one or been one myself. Typically you have to already have established yourself as a high level rider for people to want to pay you to show their horse.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-30-2010, 07:13 PM
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A catch rider is someone who gets hired to ride a horse at a show. It normally involves the warm-up before hand. Normally a catch rider is well known or well established in the area. They must be easily adaptable to a variety of horses (greenies to well schooled). If a CR doesnt follow what the trainer wants them to do in the ring, they may not get asked to ride again.

A lot of jockeys and drivers (for Standardbreds) are known as "catch riders/drivers" as they follow the circuit. Some barns have a rider/driver that gets put down on every horse that comes out of it, but a lot of other horses get ridden/driven by who is available when you enter the horse in a race.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-30-2010, 07:22 PM
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I've done it. They new me through the barn I ride at and wanted to get their greenie used to shows so they had me ride him and 2 others.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-30-2010, 11:26 PM
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prob with catch riding though... is if you do anything with USEF and you're riding as an armature, and they find out you've been paid to ride someone's horse for them, you're supposed to be registered as a pro.... you will lose any winnings as a result.
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