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post #31 of 41 Old 05-17-2013, 08:03 PM
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AlexS. I .... ahhh... I .... ahhhh.... I'll leave post 26 without.... ahhhh... comment other then.

AHHHHhhhh you win!

Or being old school... I might have kept my head down, shuffled feet over and offered you my shirt as a rap-around as you left the ring.

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This just happened the other day at an open show.

We had just pulled in and went to register for classes. Someone parked their trailer really close to ours, it was a stock trailer with something in it (it was seal brown with big ears). A man came by and started to unload. My mom was getting ready to open our trailer, and I said, "Wait mom, don't unload Lily yet, he is unloading his mule first."

Turns out, the "mule" was an unkempt yearling, and the "man" was the judge. He handed it off to his daughter who, despite having bad turn-out, a dangerously ill-fitting halter, and the horse flipping over in the middle of the warm-up pen, managed to place better in every class than me. Oh well. XD



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This just happened the other day at an open show.

We had just pulled in and went to register for classes. Someone parked their trailer really close to ours, it was a stock trailer with something in it. A man came by and started to unload. My mom was getting ready to open our trailer, and I said, "Wait mom, don't unload Lily yet, he is unloading his mule first."

Turns out, the "mule" was an unkempt yearling, and the "man" was the judge. He handed it off to his daughter who, despite having bad turn-out, a dangerously ill-fitting halter, and the horse flipping over in the middle of the warm-up pen, managed to place better in every class than me. Oh well. XD
This is too good. Omg.
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This just happened the other day at an open show.

We had just pulled in and went to register for classes. Someone parked their trailer really close to ours, it was a stock trailer with something in it (it was seal brown with big ears). A man came by and started to unload. My mom was getting ready to open our trailer, and I said, "Wait mom, don't unload Lily yet, he is unloading his mule first."

Turns out, the "mule" was an unkempt yearling, and the "man" was the judge. He handed it off to his daughter who, despite having bad turn-out, a dangerously ill-fitting halter, and the horse flipping over in the middle of the warm-up pen, managed to place better in every class than me. Oh well. XD
He judged his own daughter????? Around here, there is rules forbidding that.....
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He judged his own daughter????? Around here, there is rules forbidding that.....
It was an open show, there are no rules at open shows. XD

I don't mind it so much because some judges can actually be tougher on their own kind than unknowns. But it was just the level of bad safety that was bothering me. Halter way too loose, underweight body condition, the horse flipping, they should have been dismissed for that alone.

Although I guess that's kind of "reverse discrimination" when I walk in there with my manicured yearling and halter that I spent an entire paycheck on. Along with the mule comment, I assume there is a large distaste for breed show people at the open level. Even though it is unfair simply because I do work with my yearling equally as much, or even more, and I am not a rich person. Even if I didn't have my fancy show halter, I have a very nice, fitted leather one at home that anybody could buy and fit a yearling safely. My yearling is hand conditioned and curried every day to present a nice body and coat condition. In my opinion, it is a bad life lesson to play the "who deserves it most" game based on feelings...

Though, at least my yearling would never be mistaken for a mule. ;)


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I show open shows, and there is plenty of rules, all governed by Equine Canada. A judge can't judge a student unless they have been out of training with them for over a one year period. Absolutely no judging immediate family. Holy Moly!!
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I show open shows, and there is plenty of rules, all governed by Equine Canada. A judge can't judge a student unless they have been out of training with them for over a one year period. Absolutely no judging immediate family. Holy Moly!!
Ah, down here open shows are put on by local "clubs", and each club can make or enforce whatever rules they choose. Most of the time it's pretty much a free-for-all. It's just good practice for me to get a yearling show-broke because there is such a conglomerate of levels and horses that you don't find at breed specific shows (like she saw her first miniature horses and practice ignoring spooky, green horses around her).

But I know what you're talking about, breed shows have very strict rules on judges not judging clients or family.


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Oh, those kind of shows, lol. Okay, gotcha. Not a carded judge, just someone the club hired as a judge?
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Oh, those kind of shows, lol. Okay, gotcha. Not a carded judge, just someone the club hired as a judge?
Precisely. :)


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Next time, please take pictures of this!!!!
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