06-17-2012, 10:39 AM
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There is actually a certain team in the Hunter world that pretty much all you do is switch around. Here is how it goes -
You go to the show. This show is held where there are horses avaliable, whom are proven to not be dangerous, though some are more broke than others. You are given a random horse. You watch this horse be ridden for 15 minutes, then you get to ride the horse for 30 minutes yourself. After time is up, you get off the horse, and enter, based on your ability, as well as the horses. If you notice that your horse is not scopey enough to do 3', than you don't compete at that height, even though you may want to.
So you show on this random horse, do as you do, and then your done. After the show, you are showm where the horse is stalled and where his tack goes, and you take care of the horse, etc. People approve of your care skills, and then you leave.
You switch every show.
Now, I think this is really dumb. There is no year end points, no awards, and it's not really fair. It doesn't show good horsemanship, or how to really practice, and that you get great results from that. It just doesn't have many benefits. Mostly people who don't own horses do this, so that they don't have to limit themselves to schooling shows at their barn, or wait for the barn show team to go somewhere, ask to use a lesson horse, possibly be denied, and not be able to show anyway. So I do see the benefit there.
But personally, I would just stick to runofthemill showing ;)