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post #1 of 14 Old 10-11-2008, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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FUN SHOW: What the heck are these classes?

So, on a whim, we're going to one last show this season. It's called a "Fun" show and we don't wear show attire. A girl at my barn is renting a big trailer, so it's only going to be $35 each, so of course I jumped at the opportunity!

Anyways, we've only done English Pleasure, Eq, and Showmanship before. So what does all THIS mean???

Fit & Show (same thing as showmanship?)
Road Hack? I'm clueless.
Hunter Hack? Again, clueless.
Cross Poles (a jumping high do you think they'll go?)
Trail - can be ridden or in-hand. It's outside, so rain, so I'll do in-hand. I have no clue what this class would be like. Descriptions of what we'll need to do and how we'll need to do it are much appreciated!
Potato Race? No clue.
Halter - It's true, I don't know what to do for a halter class. I assume my horse wears a halter. =)
Costume Contest - Are these normally ridden or in-hand? My horse is somewhat spooky, so if it's ridden we won't sign up! If in-hand, any suggestions for something simple (maybe even funny) for a Paint horse and 27 year old female?

Thanks for any help you can provide!!

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Auric - 13 year old Arab
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-11-2008, 11:15 PM
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the costume contest i was in i walked around my BO's horse with a lead rope and dressed up and all that good stuff and so did her daughter but other then that everyone else rode there horses.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-17-2008, 12:07 PM
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potato race is fun and easy!! there is one 55 gallon barrel in the arena, typically where the third barrel would be if a barrel pattern were set up. there will be a potato on the barrel you run down there(on your horse) turn the barrel, grab the potato and run out. its a timed event. people who run barrels have the advantage. oh if you dismount your horse in the arena you are dis qualified! it is a fun silly game!

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-20-2008, 01:50 PM
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road hack and hunter hack are arguably the same thing - - they will ask for walk trot - extended or "road trot" canter and hand gallop. the hunter hack class should have 2 small 18 inch jumps set up, too.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-21-2008, 10:21 PM
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Halter is based on the correctness of your horse's conformation. The judge will place the horses with the best conformation first, and the next best second, and so on.

Trail is fun, in my opinion. There will be a series of obstacles (bridge, tarp, ground poles, cones, L chute, rope gate, mailbox, etc). You will be given a specific pattern to do on/in hand your horse. You get points for each obstacle based on how well your perform each task. The things I see people struggle with most are backing Ls, backing and weaving through cones, and sidepassing over poles.

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Sounds to me it's gonna be fun! lol

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post #7 of 14 Old 10-22-2008, 03:30 AM
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Fit and Show may have something to do with the horses conditioning?
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-23-2008, 07:11 PM
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Fit and Show stands for Fitting & Showmanship it is how you look and how you handle your horse and it is how the bridle (or halter for western) fits and how good looking and conditioned you horse is (Conformation) You will normally have to preform a pattern (BTW this is all in hand) and you will be judged ... IMO it is a difficult class. But i would recommend doing it

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Thanks for all the info guys! Well, I'll definitely be doing Fit & Show and Potato Race sounds fun too! My horse gets very umm "energetic" away from home, so I bet he'll haul a$$ around that potato barrel! I wonder if I can reach the barrel from my 16.1 hh horse! Can I bring a fork and just stab the potato? hehe just kidding!

Is there a pattern that we'll need to complete for the Halter class? Or do I just stand him there squared up and do the quartering system? I youtube'd "Halter Class" and it looks like there is some sort of pattern or trotting involved. Will the pattern be posted or is it a standard "do this for Halter classes" pattern?

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-23-2008, 08:42 PM
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most of the halter classes i have been in they either post a pattern (rarley)or tell you what to do right before u enter the ring. Normally the pattern isn't as complicated as the fit and show pattern. . . normally it is just walk to the judge and then at the judge start troting to where they tell you to line up, and sometimes they'll have you get square up once you get to the judge then trot off. Hope i was a help

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