Originally Posted by GoAppendix
Finding random youtube videos proves nothing. That girl didn't win, now did she?
Regardless, she was showing to a steward, not a judge. The judges were almost certainly marking their cards and wouldn't have seen that.
It absolutely not required, and just silly.
It doesn't matter if the girl won or not..If she's competiting at the AQHA World level she's obviously doing something right.
Remember that you thinking it's silly is just your opinion..It may not required but it IS professional and respectful to the steward and/or judges. I like to see someone being thorough and professional throughout their pattern. As MHF (who judges and trains for those classes) stated, the questions and such also depend on the level or showing and the area in which the person is competiting. My aunt and uncle trained WP, EP, and showmanship horses for years and their students and horses were ALWAYS taught to first be respectful and professional when showing. Not just mediocre, but to sell yourself and your horse..To outshine the others in the class.