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post #1 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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"show face!"

so i did my first show and did really well! ( 1st, 2nd, 3d and reserve champion.) my instructor was telling me about a "show face" (smilling) and she said it was supposed to draw attention to you. i did 3 classes and when i got into the ring no one was smiling. they all had serious , concentrating faces on. is this normal? should i smile or not? do any of you guys use this?


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post #2 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 04:36 PM
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I've been always told to try to smile. The reason most competitors aren't smiling is because they are focusing so much on doing everything right.

It's actually quite difficult to keep smiling while riding. If you can keep a smile go for it.

After a weekend of showing my face gets tired and I end up with this goofy smile on my face that really just looks like I'm trying to show the judges my teeth. Lol.

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post #3 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 04:49 PM
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All the big time Western Pleasure girls smile huge, fake smiles in the ring. It looks kind of silly, but it must work!
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post #4 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 04:52 PM
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SMILE!!! you love getting up at 5am and showing in the heat! Remember we love this :) But seriously Try to smile it makes you look more like you are enjoying it and that you want to be there. For Showmanship ALWAYS SMILE!!! No exceptions.
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post #5 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 04:57 PM
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It's like that at my local shows too! I was the ONLY one smiling I felt like a little kid. The only downside was that my mouth was SUPA dry after jumping/smiling. Trade your smile for some dehydration lol
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post #6 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 05:19 PM
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It definitely does feel stupid after awhile, especially if your the only one.

On the other hand, the person with the huge grin, vs. the person who looks nervous as heck... Showmanship wise, I'm gonna go for the huge grin.

I always have a smile, going in, and tend to lose it mid-pattern. But when I step up the judge for inspection, I always give them a good direct smile to the judge, and there's been a couple times, I know that's saved my butt.

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post #7 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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yes, thanks! i do feel stupid sometimes but thank goodness i am not the only one who does this. it does kind of work. at least for the people on the side lines.

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post #8 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 08:58 PM
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Lol - the photographer at the little local rodeo always makes fun of me, I'm the only one with this big goofy grin on my face. Generally I laugh at some point in my ride because either myself or my horse goofs, usually it's a team effort - we're still learning!
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post #9 of 25 Old 07-26-2011, 09:58 PM
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I try to smile as much as possible without it looking completely stupid or fake.

If I'm having a good ride normally I can manage to hold at least a little smile the whole entire time. But Dallas can be a tricky horse to ride, not bad, just tricky. He's very sensitive to what I do, or am feeling. So on classes I'm just trying to get through I often forget to hold the smile and go into total concentration mood.

Smiling definitely helps the judge's impression of you. I was at a show and entered Xrails with my 21(then 19) year old MorganXQH pony and we were against 25 other competitors. Shaymus is a great little pony and tries his best but he's all jumped out. He was once a children's equitation over fences pony, so now all he does for Xrails is step over them. But hey, I wanted to jump and Dallas was being a twitch so I entered Shaymus for laughs. Well he stepped over every single jump with a sweet expression, and I was grinning the whole time. Genuinely grinning, I was having so much fun I nearly burst out laughing on the course. I didn't expect a ribbon, but much to my surprise we got 2nd place. The girl who won had like the perfect round while smiling, and her horse actually jumped. lol. The judge came up to me and said, "Congratulations. Your equitation was very good but what got you that ribbon was the fact that you and your pony were having more fun than anyone else out there and that counts for something." We both started laughing.

So try to smile as much as you can, but it's always better when the smile is real.

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post #10 of 25 Old 07-28-2011, 01:20 PM
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I'm not a smiler in the show ring. For showmanship, I just keep it professional (and a little cocky - haha). When I get up to the judge for inspection I'll give them a big smile but once the walk around starts it's back to business. I think looking confident is more important. If you're going to smile, make sure it's genuine. It's tough to keep smiling and having a perfect pattern. You never want to have that awkward smile that looks obvious that you're focusing on other things. If I had to remind myself to focus on having a genuine smile the whole pattern, my pattern would probably suffer.
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