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        11-18-2009, 10:02 PM
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    This was my first show season and my horse and I were both new to it all, but she was handling things so well! Well, we Event, and at this one show we had a great dressage test, first place! Then jumped clean in Stadium...then on the second to last jump on the cross country course we refused the scary horse-eating tire jump and I was jumping ahead so of course fell off!!!

    So frustrating to go from the blue ribbon to being Eliminated from the show and getting nothing! But it was a great learning experience, and we're both better from that lesson now!
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        11-19-2009, 10:07 PM
    Luckily not too many horror stories (only been showing 3 years) but:
    -Boomer and I went into a trail class and totally failed trying to open and close a gate...then he refused to side-pass over ground poles. And let's say that after we backed through the 'L' ground poles...they weren't exactly in an L shape anymore.
    -Rainy decided after we entered Halter class that she did not know how to trot in hand- despite doing it several times at shows and at home...:P
    -While warming up at one of my first shows with Rainy, she started to canter as a horse raced past us (so annoying) and the person next to me decided to snap, "Learn to control your horse!" What a way to start a show...
    -We've been cut off so many times in classes, only to break gait because they're in front of us.
    -Almost ran over a judge because she stood in the corner as five horses ran around her...oops.

    Yay for mistakes!
        12-16-2009, 11:42 AM
    Yeahhhh my gelding and I were doing a 3ft6 jumper class....and I took the wrong jump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
        12-21-2009, 04:44 PM
    I do have a funny story about my friend;

    Only eleven years-old at the time, she was riding in a hunter class for Pony Club on a particularily lazy horse. She thought she judge was standing in the middle, so she waited until the person looked away, and then booted and kicked with her outside leg and crop, proceeding to reassume pretty hunt-seat when the person was looking.

    After she came out of the ring her friend said, "Dude, you know that was the jump crew in the middle of the arena. The judge is sitting in the stands."
        12-21-2009, 07:15 PM
    Ultimate jumping no no, I jumped an Oxer backwards :P lucky that the pony had scope!
        01-01-2010, 01:05 AM
    I have one...
    I was showing my horse for the very first time in halter he has never been out of his pasture for 7 years so I go in and I have to discipline him a couple times and at the end of the class the judge comes up and tells me I shouldnt show my horse ever again or try halter I was 10 I was almost in tears well she was telling me that I had a bad horse... That **** should see us now things have changed!
        01-01-2010, 03:03 AM
    Oh gah.... I hate that that happen to you! There was one time that I entered the show ring and Barney(only 2 at the time) he was being perfect like normal. I went around the ring on the 3rd lap and he started to kick and then buck. I held on of course not freaking out but softly saying easy. He calmed down enough for me to walk him out. I was so embarrassed. I got off Barn and my sister ran over to me and grabbed him. I wanted to be mad at him for doing that to me but I senced something wasn't right. Although he was just a 2yr old he was perfect! I looked up and down his body, my sister asked what the heck I was doing I replied "Somethings not right." and that's when I spotted it hidden under his tail, it was a bee stuck into his skin.....yes I said it....a bee. A small bee caused him to freak out like that. I got it out of him after he stopped cow kicking everytime I tryed to get near it.

    Later that night during another class the same judge walked up to me and told me that he's never seen someone handle there horse like that and not scream and yell at it. I replied with "I have been raised around cowboys all my life sir. The first thing I know is not to yell at the horse until your safely on the ground and not under hooves." All he did was smile and walk away. I got first place in all my saddleseat classes after that.

    Im sure your next shows you will do great in!
        01-01-2010, 04:35 PM
    Okay i've heard alot of english riding mishaps(nothing against english im actually starting to get serious jumping) I have had a TON of mishaps in the western world and I just happened to get this one on tape. Me and Phantom were doing the basket weave and we started out great his lead changes had been improving and after we started I got very confident. Well my foot came out of the stirrup during a lead change and I came was such an amateur mistake ugh I keep kicking myself about it he was practically walking/standing when I came off lol.

        01-17-2010, 06:11 PM
    My first rated dressage show ever, my trainer who was going to read my test at the last minute decided she couldn't and asked her friend to do it. Well I didn't want to rely on her friend if she wasn't loud enough so I tried to memorize the test. Well I spent the morning memorizing the wrong one. Her friend was still my reader for the test but I was so like I can do this that wasn't paying attention and went the wrong direction right after my halt because it was a completely different test. Well 2 point error. If I hadn't done that I would have been Champion instead I got Reserve champion. So all was not lost but it was still embarrassing.
        01-26-2010, 08:39 PM
    Same thing happend to me! I messed up my canter leads and it put me in last! :(

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