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        07-26-2010, 06:59 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I was in a small jumpers class, at a schooling show, and I was riding my favorite school horse who was a great jumper, I got through my round REALLY really well, very smooth and no faults, and the girl who was going next took it into her head that she could ride this schoolie as well and maybe do as well as me!

    Well here was the problem, 1. She was a VERY [I don't want to say bad..] inexperienced rider, and 2. She had NEVER ridden this school horse before let alone jumped him.

    She got on, a few jumps in lost her balance and fell off of him, and the horse continued to do the course, and completed it riderless as she sat there baffled.

    I got first, in that round, and let's just say that she wasn't as successful.
         
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        07-28-2010, 11:51 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Both of these were showmanship classes with my old horse, a 16.2hand sorrel gelding. In one of his very first showmanship classes, and at an AQHA show, we trotted up to the judge and he apparently decided he didn't know how to stop. I asked for it, and he just kept right on going. Now most of the time you have a hard time getting close enough to the judge. Not us. When he stopped, he litterally stuck his nose out and hit her clipboard with. He was so close I couldn't cross over if she was standing in front of us. Even with this big ole green horse trotting at her, this little bitty judge (she was on the shorter side of 5') didn't move a muscle. I'm almost suprised he didn't run her over.

    Couple of years later, we trotted up to the judge at another QH show (and yes, he did know how to stop by then), and I set him up and when I stepped back to present him, he stuck his tongue out directly at the judge. I swear it looked like the judge was trying not to laugh. The bad thing is this horse loved to have his tongue played with, and was just looking to make friends with somebody.

    And yes, when he didn't have his extracurricular activities in front of the judge we would occasionally do well. Just have to keep those at bay.
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        08-03-2010, 02:43 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mickey4793    
    I was in a small jumpers class, at a schooling show, and I was riding my favorite school horse who was a great jumper, I got through my round REALLY really well, very smooth and no faults, and the girl who was going next took it into her head that she could ride this schoolie as well and maybe do as well as me!

    Well here was the problem, 1. She was a VERY [I don't want to say bad..] inexperienced rider, and 2. She had NEVER ridden this school horse before let alone jumped him.

    She got on, a few jumps in lost her balance and fell off of him, and the horse continued to do the course, and completed it riderless as she sat there baffled.

    I got first, in that round, and let's just say that she wasn't as successful.

    How'd the horse know the course sans rider??
         
        08-03-2010, 11:02 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I think my most embarrassing moment for me was when I read and practiced the completely wrong pattern. When I got into the line for the class I was so confused on what everybody was doing and there was an extra cone that I had no clue about. Luckily, I was able to get in close to the back of the line and I watched the rest of the people in front of me and actually did pretty well in that class.

    Another really embarrassing moment for me was when I was changing my clothes inside the tack room in my trailer and the door decided to lock. Lucky for me I had my cell phone with me and was able to call somebody to get me out.
         
        08-04-2010, 12:11 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Well, one embarressing moment was at my first 4-H show I couldn't memorise the 'trail' course (the kind that's in an arena) worth a darn. I went out there and did the pattern all wrong. To make things worse the judge always asks a question at the end of the trail class, and this time it was "What is the first thing you do when you get off a horse on the trail?" and I couldn't figure out what she meant by that question (Although a lot of people couldn't I guess).

    Another time at a schooling show I entered the ground polls 'jumping' class, and it was all at a trot, super easy course and everything, it SHOULD have been easy, but Gypsy decided to stop before every poll and wouldn't trot the whole time.
         
        08-04-2010, 12:20 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    This happened about 2 months ago when I took Ricky to his first western show. It was just a local one and my old instructor had invited me to show her students the way and to give them hand. I didn't mind either cause they paid for all my classes and it was good experience for my little man.

    Anyways I had just placed 2nd in open showmanship with my feral yearling out of a class of about 15. The reason why I didn't win was because Ricky has a lovely english trot. Anyways as the judge was explaining this to me, I notice she has a spider on her hat. And I felt it would be rude to interupt her so when she finished talking, I told her and she threw her hat on the ground and started stomping on it. This spooked Ricky and he rears up and I'm there trying to control my little green yearling while she continues stomping her hat. Was pretty funny but a bit of a traumatic experience for Maverick.

    Haha, funnily enough I've had to tell 2 judges in the past year that they had a spider on there hat.
         
        08-04-2010, 08:56 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Mine was funny. At Love Story's first show, we came fourth in one class. We go to line up, and all the other horses are spooking and going nuts because right in front of them was the speaker, perched on a bale of hay.

    Love Story marches up to it, gives the speaker a dirty look, grabs a mouthful of hay, then goes to the line.

    Everyone almost died from laughing!
         
        08-04-2010, 12:10 PM
      #18
    Foal
    So I took a green horse named saphire to a gymkhana, and well she did fairly good at home. Turned barrels really well..only been training for about a month on barrels and was getting 20 sec. Barrel runs pretty good for a month. So we went to the show did great in pole bending, key hole, down and back, then came the barrels. She galloped to the first barrel. Stopped. Walked around the barrel. Galloped to the sencond barrel. Stopped. Walked around the barrel. Galloped to the last barrel. Stopped. Walked around that barrel. Then galloped to the gate. It was a local show so I knew about everyone there, they knew she was green.
    Which is good becuase I would have been embarrased....That run was about 40 seconds haha :)
         
        08-04-2010, 12:39 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rowzy    
    To make things worse the judge always asks a question at the end of the trail class, and this time it was "What is the first thing you do when you get off a horse on the trail?" and I couldn't figure out what she meant by that question (Although a lot of people couldn't I guess).
    Well, what was your answer??
         
        08-04-2010, 12:58 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    Well, what was your answer??
    I said "Grab the reins", because you don't want your horse walking off lol. Some of the other peoples answers were "Loosen the girth", "Get back on" (I like that persons thinking lol) and "Untack the horse". I think we were all confused.

    I still don't really know what the judge meant by that question. When you get off a horse on the trail there could be a large number of things you do first, and it depends on why you got off the horse. It was a novice class, and a lot of the kids were younger, so I guess they probably planned it to be less analyzed or something.
         

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