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    06-01-2010, 10:49 PM
Green Broke
Which flat classes?

Where I live, there are only two types of shows: very low all-around schooling shows, and then statewide Hunter/Jumper shows. The only "true" English horses are only seen at the H/J shows, so most flat classes at the lower shows are full of WP horses in an English saddle. I am not too familiar on flat classes, as I haven't shown in them. There are three at the low schooling shows, English Pleasure, English Walk/Trot, and Huntseat. Each class has nothing but Western Pleasure type, plodding-along horses, so a TB, like Sunny, would not fit in. What i'm wondering is this: Are they out of place in those classes, or would I be if I entered them with an actual English horse? I assumed that English Pleasure would consist of the western-set horses, but what about walk/trot and huntseat? I just don't want to make a fool of myself when Sunny and I go to some schooling shows this fall. XD Someone want to educate me on flat classes?
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    06-02-2010, 04:22 PM
Green Broke
Come on, guys, I know there are some gurus out there who want to help me! Haha.
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    06-02-2010, 05:17 PM
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If you have a good judge, they will judge you based on the breed standard and you should be fairly pinned. That being said, it sounds like these local shows are "pleasure" type shows which means they are geared towards collection and headset. You sound like you are probably on a hunt trained horse who would move with a higher head set and a faster pace.

I wouldn't say you'd be "out of place" at these shows if you guys are collected and consistence, just different... I'd go and have fun anyway.
    06-02-2010, 05:46 PM
Green Broke
Thanks so much, FP!
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