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    03-20-2011, 12:37 PM
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Weanling
Braiding for TSSA?

Alright, this is a question about a specific organization. In Texas we have TSSA shows, which is Texas Schooling Show Association. Those are the shows we ride at at my barn, and I was wondering, do you braid for TSSA? We also do Centex shows, and I know you braid for those, because they're rated shows, but what about TSSA?

I have only gone to one show so far, and it was TSSA, and our group didnt braid.
     
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    03-20-2011, 12:59 PM
  #2
Banned
It's never wrong to braid. It adds polish to your turnout and shows you've made an extra effort in your presentation. Also, it's a great idea to practice braiding for schooling shows so you're proficient when you go to a rated show.

As for the rules or conventions of that particular show organization, I would check their website or prizelist if there's no one on this BB who's familiar with it. "Schooling show" leads me to believe it's less formal and that you wouldn't *have* to braid, but that doesn't mean it's not still a good idea.
     
    03-20-2011, 01:04 PM
  #3
Yearling
I always braid. As maura has said, it adds polish. It also shows respect for the judge, and IMO, shows that you are there to win and it gives you the winning edge. My trainer makes everyone at our barn braid for every show. He always has judges coming up to him saying how nice it was and how they greatly appreciated us braiding. I say braid!
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    03-20-2011, 01:06 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by maura    
It's never wrong to braid. It adds polish to your turnout and shows you've made an extra effort in your presentation. Also, it's a great idea to practice braiding for schooling shows so you're proficient when you go to a rated show.

As for the rules or conventions of that particular show organization, I would check their website or prizelist if there's no one on this BB who's familiar with it. "Schooling show" leads me to believe it's less formal and that you wouldn't *have* to braid, but that doesn't mean it's not still a good idea.
Yes, that's what I was thinking, since it's considered "Schooling". But it's odd because we have Schooling shows, and then we also have TSSA, and then Centex, so who knows :P

Also, does it matter that the horse I ride is an Arabian? I heard somewhere a long time ago that your not supposed the braid their manes? Or could I just do a hunter braid?
     
    03-20-2011, 01:11 PM
  #5
Banned
If the Arabian has a short, pulled, hunter style mane then go ahead and braid it hunter style. If it has a long, natural style it gets more difficult - you can either show with a well-groomed natural mane, or do a running braid.

I think what you may have heard previously is that if an Arabian shows in multiple disciplines, you wouldn't want to pull their mane to hunter length to hunter braid, if that makes sense.
     
    03-20-2011, 01:41 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks!
     
    03-20-2011, 05:13 PM
  #7
Weanling
Out of curiousity, which barn do you ride with? I have been to a few TSSA shows, and you do not braid for them. You are lucky if everyone clips the horse (I'm talking bridle path, ears, fetlocks, not body clipping). For the Centex shows, the only time I have seen a horse braided is in the Hunter Breeding class at the Summer Circuit Rated shows, not even at the year end Medal Championships. Trust me, it took me a long time to get used to it. My trainer moved her from CA a couple of years a go and showed up to a Centex show braided and everyone looked at her like she was crazy. Now she only braids for A shows (I'm not sure about the B shows), and Centex is at the highest rated as a C with often times no rating.

Here is a website with photos from numerous TSSA and Centex shows. Take a look around to get an idea. And best of luck to you this year! The shows aren't very formal, but they can still be fun
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    03-20-2011, 06:17 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by sandsarita    
Out of curiousity, which barn do you ride with? I have been to a few TSSA shows, and you do not braid for them. You are lucky if everyone clips the horse (I'm talking bridle path, ears, fetlocks, not body clipping). For the Centex shows, the only time I have seen a horse braided is in the Hunter Breeding class at the Summer Circuit Rated shows, not even at the year end Medal Championships. Trust me, it took me a long time to get used to it. My trainer moved her from CA a couple of years a go and showed up to a Centex show braided and everyone looked at her like she was crazy. Now she only braids for A shows (I'm not sure about the B shows), and Centex is at the highest rated as a C with often times no rating.

Here is a website with photos from numerous TSSA and Centex shows. Take a look around to get an idea. And best of luck to you this year! The shows aren't very formal, but they can still be fun
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Thanks for your reply! I ride at Grace Riding Stables here in Central Texas. Were a competative christian hunter/jumper stables. As well as dressage for those who don't jump.

Our stables does clip the ears, fetlocks, and muzzle for TSSA. I am pretty sure they do for Centex, since its higher level. I've only gone to TSSA shows, and have only heard my trainer talk about Centex with the other riders.

Thanks for the info! Its kind of odd how Texas does these things. Maybe its because Texas is mostly Western?
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