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post #11 of 45 Old 04-08-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 45 Old 04-08-2012, 11:02 PM
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what i remember is be like a barbie, elbows close to your rib cage and when running use heel then toe and extend you legs to make it look smooth. Also make everything as crisp and precise as you can. hope this helps! and my trainer always says the lipstick is important! haha
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Showmanship is all about being clean and very neat.! You and your horse should be very clean cut. He should be trimmed up and washed up same for you.

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post #14 of 45 Old 04-09-2012, 11:42 PM
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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.
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Having shown (and done well) at the national level in showmanship, I feel ok stating my opinion. Looking over your shoulder while running is not respectful, it is a great way to trip. I can guarantee the majority of the time no one would see it anyways as they are (as I said) marking their cards.
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post #16 of 45 Old 04-09-2012, 11:58 PM
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That's fine..You have a right to your opinion and I respect that, but also remember that others stating their opinion should be respected too.. Stating that you think things are outdated and silly is just your opinion, not a fact that applies to everyone at every level and show.
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Next you'll be telling her to wear gloves.
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post #18 of 45 Old 04-13-2012, 10:34 PM
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Several AQHA and APHA judges discourage exhibitors from looking back at the judge while leaving the pattern. It is dangerous as you could trip, and it also moves your shoulders out of position and could cause your horse to bend or bow its body rather than stay straight.
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Just got done at an 8 judge APHA show... every exhibitor that I watched looked back. I looked back, got 2 seconds (screwed up my setup). Got 2 points on my mare though...

I would advise watching others if there is any doubt, but in our show, I watched the judges watching the exhibitors to see if they looked back before marking their cards....

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