Originally Posted by ThatClassyEventer
How big a show was it? Any risk of getting DQ cause you don't have that braided turnout that most judges look for? Your horse is stunning btw. <3
Thanks, he always got comments but funny enough no one wanted to ride him
Well it was in New Zealand at an A&P show, inhand and flat showing. They didn't have any in hand pony classes or any decent ridden pony classes so I went in the sport horse ring. The judge did say if my pony was bigger he probably would have placed but it was nice being in a ridden show with a spacious ring and no bucking bolting horses to contend with cause it usually sent my pony into panics. And my pony memorized the format of open ribbon days run by pony clubs so I thought it would be a good experience for him to have a change.
I have read the showing rules for nz shows and I am pretty sure that no where in them it says anything about judges being able to disqualify people for hogging a mane, even in a turn out class I think you just get marked down. There is recommended attire for classes but when the class is judging the horse or rider I think they only mark the gear and attire in the event of a tie between competitors. I have no idea if its the same for the usa.
NZ does offer a lot of low key training/competition days which I prefer because they are so casual in attire. Dressing up pretty hasn't been my thing and I don't crank my horses heads in on an iron grip contact so it usually puts me out of contention for the ribbons. You still learn a lot, even if its not what to do.