Originally Posted by aforred
When you are in a horsemanship class, put your rear in the middle of your saddle (don't sit on the cantle), and for Pete's sake, don't ride on your crotch!
This could easily be said about the hunt seat equitation classes I watched at Congress. Sooooo many breed show riders have NO seat. None. Nada. Zip. Worse, the riders they pick for the finals--not always, but often enough--are the ones that sit there like a Barbie doll. The AQHA hunt seat class (with the exception of our World show) has morphed into a class where the person riding the extremely broke horse, the "pattern machine", will make the finals; Never mind the person who actually knows how to ride
hunt seat, or who has--yeegads!--contact with the reins.
On another message board I frequent, we've all been talking about it. We figured out that our World show almost always uses at least one USEF "R" rated judge for the Hunt Seat/Over Fence classes. That's why you see some truly marvelous riders win our world titles. Unfortunately, that's not the case at the majors. I would assume the same is true within APHA and ApHC.
It's a huge problem. I've put in a call to my state affiliate in the hopes of becoming a director. I'm going to our next AQHA conference to rattle some cages. This kind of crap has got to stop.
As someone on the other message board said--if people were winning western horsemanship classes while picking up the wrong lead, or holding the reins wrong, there'd be a HUGE outcry. But everyone looks the other way when major mistakes are made in the HSE class. We narrowed it down to one, simple problem--most of our HSE judges don't know what the frack they're doing when it comes to English riding.
Okay, and so that's MY rant for the day.